Graz - Austria

The University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM, provides FH-degree courses in specialised technical and economic disciplines. Within the sector of information society technologies, the courses and research groups in the sectors information management and information design are most relevant. Apart from subject-oriented contents, the courses offered by FH JOANNEUM also emphasise character-forming contents to enable graduates to solve practical problems encountered in their respective professions on a holistic basis. The courses of study are characterised by a highly structured organisation which is achieved by a close relationship between teachers and small groups of students as well as by the mandatory nature of some courses. In the Department of Information Design they are concerned with the planning and implementation of interactions with information objects and equipment. This involves solving many of the problems in the design of the human-computer interface. Their research explores issues in aesthetics, cognitive science, cultural studies, education, engineering, and rhetoric, helping them to build digital systems through which users can more effectively communicate, interact, and learn. The Department of Information Design is in close collaboration with various European universities. Furthermore there are cooperations with Media-Art-Centres in Austria (Ars Electronica Center, Linz), Germany (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Spain (MECAD, Barcelona) and Hungary (C3, Budapest).

People involved:

  • Anke Strittmatter
  • Anke Strittmater
  • Anke Strittmatter, architect and urbanist. She has been teaching urban planning and exhibition design at the FH Joanneum since 2008. Her research focus is on "Urban Interventions", for example as project leader of the EU research project Human Cities_ Challenging the City Scale ( She has been a freelance architect since 1997 and a member of the artist and architect group osa-office for subversive architecture ( since 2003. From 2008 to 2010 she was a board member of the "Haus der Architektur" in Graz. Since 1997 she has been active in teaching, among others at the Institute of Architecture at the Technical University of Graz, at the Fachgruppe Stadt of the Technical University of Darmstadt, at the Urban Design Institute of the University of Trisakti, Jakarta (Indonesia), at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and at the degree program for Arts Administration (EMAA) at the University of Zurich.
  • Erika Thümmel
  • Erika Thümmel
  • Erika Thümmel, born in 1959 in Graz, obtained her diploma in Restoration from the „Opificio delle Pietre Dure“ in Florence. She worked in the workshops of the Federal Monuments Office in Vienna, Italy and New York City, until, in 1983, she established her own studio in Graz. She designs furniture with particular characteristics, so-called „living subjects“ and „house beings“, and has realized numerous art installations. Since 1988, she has been designing many exhibitions in the sphere of cultural history and art all over the world, e.g. the „Mountain of Memories“ 2003, when Graz was Cultural Capital of Europe, „Wintersportmuseum Mürzzuschlag“ in 2004 and „Absolutly Free. The Woodstock Effect“ in 2009. Since 2001 she is a teacher in information and exhibition design degree courses at the FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Sciences in Graz and realized numerous exhibitions and interventions in the public space with her students.
  • Bettina Gjecaj
  • Research Associate at FH JOANNEUM, studied Information Design in 2004 and is currently writing her second degree in Green Marketing at FH Wiener Neustadt. She describes herself as a tireless, creative communicator and concept developer, as well as an absolute team player. She worked for 10 years in the communication department of Caritas Austria and moved to the FH Joanneum in November 2020 to support the Institute of Design and Communication with public relations and to teach "Sustainable Marketing". On the side, she works passionately as a spokesperson for radio, art and advertising projects.
  • Lucia Jarosova
  • Lucia Jarosova
  • Lucia has a professional background in industrial design and a passion for fashion. She studied product design in Germany (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) and Slovakia (Technical University of Košice) and holds a Master of Arts in Product Design from Technical University of Košice and in Exhibition Design from University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM Graz. Lucia worked as a product designer for a design consulting company focusing on kitchen appliances in Beijing.
  • Sigrid Bürstmayr
  • Sigrid Bürstmayr
  • Sigrid Bürstmayr, Mag. (FH), M.A., works and teaches at FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Sciences, Graz. Her professional interests and skills include product management, exhibition design, sustainable design and design activism. She presented her research results on several conferences and universities around the world, recently in Seoul, Montreal, Wuhan, Istanbul and Mexico City. Travelling around the globe, meetings with designers, activists, creatives and managers keep her quite optimistic. Any place you go, creatives discuss the same question: How can we change the world? Sigrid believes that design should be able to shape whole environments and processes, ways of thinking and acting. Designers should try to change the society and the world for the better, at least a little bit.
  • Kronberger Anika
  • Anika Kronberger
  • Anika Kronberger works as a researcher and lecturer at FH JOANNEUM. She studied Information Design and Content Strategy and has been running a design studio in the field of graphic, interaction and exhibition design. Since 2011, she has been employed at the Institute in research and commissioned projects of the Research and Design Lab of the Institute of Design and Communication. Her research interests and areas of activity include information design in media and interactive spaces, content strategy, mixed reality, game-based and e-learning.