COmmunicating COmplexity is the international conference aimed at exploring languages, approaches and technologies to respond to the emerging need for making complex information accessible through design.
Shaped as a quasi-scientific society of designers / researchers, 2CO is a project sparked in 2013 within a group of researchers that, actively cultivate the design practice and pursue cross-fertilization between the domains of research and professional practice, despite being primarily engaged in academic research.
Call for abstracts
Information is everywhere, accompanying us in our lives. We are constantly producing and consuming information. Information is the key to the complexity of the external world. How to communicate complexity is the challenge.
From the Capitol Hill riots to the vaccines controversy, from climate change to the effects of the emerging migratory patterns, we are rapidly learning how information, if not adequately designed, can lead to devastating effects. Over the last few years the urgency of communicating complex issues to a comprehensive and not always well informed audience has emerged in a totally new light.
On these bases, 2CO3 comes to life to share a series of reflections on how to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society through information design.
We are shaping our conference as an opportunity for the community of designers facing the communicating complexity challenge to exchange points of view and experiences at an academic, professional and research level.
We are looking for contributions and approaches that describe on-going exploration experiences, completed projects and case studies in design based-research, methodologies and practitioner fields. Despite 2CO's focus on practice-based and 'practical' design-oriented approaches, more theory and methodology-centered contributions are also welcome.
Topics covered by the conference are mainly focused, but not limited, to the area of:
interactive data visualization
The conference is structured around two – full and junior – tracks, therefore we are looking for two distinct forms of contributions:
The first track is dedicated to formal presentations, and is aimed at scholars and professionals active in the field of communicating complexity
A special 'junior track' is designed to attract 'young researchers' (post-graduate students, PhD candidates, junior scholars and so on) willing to present their projects and experiences, in a case-studies format
Abstract submission is now closed, after receiving almost 50 contributions from all around the world : )
book of contributions
As for previous editions, a book of contributions will be pubblished as ISBN publication.
At least one of the selected authors will be asked to register to the conference, and come to present their contributions on 8-9 September in Alghero.
Following the contribution's presentations, the scientific committee will start a a process to select the contributions to be included in the contribution’s book; despite not ensuring an automatic admission, contributions selected for presentation at the Conference are likely to be included in the book of contributions, to be published by the end of December 2022.
The length of contributions should not exceed 20,000 characters (blank spaces, captions and references included)
The Junior Track contributions will take the form of a short paper (10,000 characters, blank spaces, captions and references included).
01.05.2022 Conference announced
01.05.2022 Call for Abstracts Open
30.06.2022 EXTENDED - Call for Abstracts deadline
18.07.2022 Notification of acceptance
05.08.2022 Early bird Registration Open
25.08.2022 Early bird Registration deadline
31.08.2022 General registration deadlin
30.09.2022 Camera ready full paper submission
31.12.2022 Pubblication of the conference's Book of Contributions
Founding Partner at Domestic Data Streamers
As leader of the consultancy firm Domestic Data Streamers, Pau works in research and communication projects for cultural institutions, organizations, and companies such as California Academy of Sciences, Western Digital, UNICEF, Nike or the Mobile World Congress in gathering and communicating information in new data languages.
independent data visualization designer
She designed data visualizations for Google, UN, Scientific American, BBC Science Focus, Penguin Books and La Lettura. Federica is co-author of the infographics children's book “Planet Earth”, published by National Geographic Kids and White Star and co-author of the "Geopolitical Atlas of Water".
Many of her projects have an experimental approach and explore the relationship between data visualization and people.
Darjan Hil & Nicole Lachenmeier
Founders of Superdot - Basel
Darjan Hil is an information designer. He co-founded Superdot (formerly YAAY) while working as a researcher at the University of Applied Sciences, Northwestern Switzerland.
Since 2017, he has taught at various Swiss Universities, lecturing on data visualization and information design principles
Nicole Lachenmeier is a Swiss information designer and co-founder of the data experience agency Superdot, founded in 2011.
Alongside her team, she has developed over a hundred visual tools and design systems for large companies, NGOs and governmental organizations.
A multi-disciplinary creative with backgrounds in art, design, multimedia and knowledge visualization, Matteo loves driving the creativity of complex projects of adv., communication & information design.
He lectures at international companies, universities and masters, and teaches as adjunct professor at the Politecnico di Milano.
Creative director at The Visual Agency and professor at Politecnico di Milano
Scientific Board & Partners
2CO is made possible by the voluntary work of a group of designers & researchers and is supported by a growing network of academic, institutional and professional partners.
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
HfG Offenbach am Main
SUPSI Univ. Applied Sciences, Italian Switzerland
Università IUAV di Venezia
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari
Università degli Studi della Rep. di San Marino
Hasso Plattner Institute, Univ. of Potsdam
Dept. of Communication Design, MMArt, FH Salzburg
Edith Cowan University, Perth
LJMU, Liverpool UK
University of West Attica
LJMU, Liverpool UK
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari
HfG Augsburg Hochschule für Gestaltung
Dept. of Architecture, Università di Bologna
DADU Dept. of Architecture, Design & Planning, Univ. of Sassari, Italy
HfG Augsburg - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Germany
HfG Offenbach am Main - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Germany
FH Salzburg University of Applied Science, Austria
ECU Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia
UNIBZ Free University of Bozen-Bolzano Italy
UNIRSM Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino San Marino
UNIWA University of West Attica, Athens Greece
LJMU John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
DA Dept. of Architecture, Università di Bologna Italy
IUAV Università IUAV di Venezia Italy
The Conference will be held at the Santa Chiara building of the Department of Architecture, Design and Planning (DADU), University of Sassari, in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy.
conference: Santa Chiara building – bastioni pigafetta s/n
social dinner: ristorante Quarte sayal – via Garibaldi 87
[ see it on google map ]
Internationally well known for its beautiful beaches, that make it a great sea resort during an extended summer season (May/October), Alghero is also a lovely historical town, with restaurants, bars, pubs and nightlife that make it one of Sardinia's top touristic destinations.
The town center is well connected to all major European destinations (the rest of Italy, UK, Spain, Germany, and so on...) thanks to the Alghero-Fertilia airport (only ten minutes away from town), with daily low-cost flights.
How to reach Alghero from the Airport
A public shuttle bus service (ALFA), connects Alghero-Fertilia Airport with the city’s central stop (Alghero via Catalogna, 5 minutes away from the old historic center and from the Santa Chiara complex, Bastioni Pigafetta, where the conference will take place).
Tickets can be bought within the airport (a ticket machine is very well hidden in the lobby, on your left as you exit the arrivals gate), for the price of 1 euro.
The bus leaves outside the mai building (outside the exit from the main lobby at your right as you exit the arrivals gate)
It is a very good service, which takes about 25 mins, and leaves every hour (7 am, 8 am, 9 am….) from the airport (inbound) and a tthe half hour of every hour from the via Catalunia stop (outbound).
Here’s a link to the ALFA Schedule www.arstspa.info/9373.pdf
A regular taxi service (costing 35/30 euros) connects the airport to the city’s centre ion about 12 minutes.
The conference will last for one day and half with a very intensive Thursday - 2 keynotes (Pau García, Darjan Hil & Nicole Lachenmeier) , four parallel sessions, a special event with Isidro Ferrer and, least but not last, our social dinner.
Our special guest Matteo Bonera will open the Friday’s session followed by Junior track and Federica Fragapane’s closing key note.
download the program as pdf
We remind you that the duration of the presentations will be:
15’ + 5’ for Q&A – for Full track sessions
10’ + 5’ for Q&A – for Junior track.
Presenters should approach their session chair 15 mins before the session starts.
The detailed schedule of sessions is available here
And here below you may find the abstracts selected for every session:
Registration to the conference closed on August the 31st
If you still have not paid your conference fees please remember to do so.
Students from academic partner Universities are admitted FREE, as well as the presenters in the Junior Track.
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Carlos V *****
Lungomare Valencia 24, 07041 Alghero, Italy
Fancy, expensive. But not bad at all… ten minutes away from everything
via Catalunia 24, 07041 Alghero, Italy
A fine corporate hotel, very central
S. Marco ****
Via Lido 57, 07041 Alghero
A classic Hotel on the beach. Fifteeen minutes away from everything
Alma del Alghero ****
Via Lido 29, 07041 Alghero
A fine hotel indeed, no exactly cheap, in front of the beach ten minutes away from the city’s centre
Via Frank 2, 07041 Alghero, Italy
A true small gem, but no sea view. Fifteeen minutes away from everything
Via Sassari 70, 07041 Alghero
A classic hotel on the old days… not too modern. Very central
Hotel San Francesco ***
Via A. Machin 2
In the heart of the old town, in the old convent. Reasonably priced
El Balear ***
Lungomare Dante, 32
a neat old style hotel, very central, with seaview
Hotel il Gabbiano ***
via G. Garibaldi 97, 07041 Alghero
A classic on the beach hotel, ten minutes away from the city’s centre
Alghero has plenty of B&B accomodation, following is a selection of the best ones
Via Catalogna 48, 07041 Alghero, Italy
small flats very well equipped for rent, very central
Alghero Via Doria 8
Via S. Agostino 55
Terre bianche Guesthouse
Via F.lli Kennedy 82
Via Brigata Sassari 40
via R. Morandi 2
Carrer del Horts
Via Gallura 40
Via XX Settembre 1
Via Degli Orti 88