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.

2CO3 Alghero 2022

After two rather hard years, 2CO starts again. A two-day event that brought to Alghero, international guests, friends and colleagues, to discuss the story of the complexity straddling the world of accamedia and the creative industry.

There were more than 50 submissions from practitioners and academics from Europe, Asia, South America and Australia, as well as 16 junior track submissions. The conference attracted an international audience with participants from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.

The meeting reached an extraordinary scientific intensity and quality, thanks to the keynote lectures of high-level international experts, Pau Garcia from Domestic Data Streamers spoke about designing Experiences that bring people closer to complex phenomena, Federica Fragapane talked about her work translating social and complex phenomena into forms capable of engaging and informing, Matteo Bonera showed the processes behind important projects such as the visualisation of Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus, and finally Darjan Hil and Nicole Lachenmeier from SuperDot revealed the incredible work behind their latest book 'Visualizing Complexity: Modular Information Design Handbook'. Finally, the conference closed with a touch of poetry, thanks to the keynote by Isidro Ferrer.

2CO2 Tenerife 2017

The second edition of 2CO has taken place in La Laguna, Tenerife from 23 -> 25 of November 2017, to continue an investigation on the new communication landscape that embraces approaches, strategies and methodologies for making complex contents accessible through design.

2CO1 Alghero 2013

2CO Communicating Complexity's first edition ended successfully on saturday October the 26, 2017, as participants were finally able to relax at the happy-hour farewell arrivederci aperitivo, after two days of very productive and intense presentations and discussion.

The conference success was made possible by the participation of 24 full papers in the three categories Informative animation, Real-time informative visualization and Info-graphics, and 11 posters in the poster and special 'junior track' sessions. The conference attracted an international audience with participants from USA, UK, Spain, Greece, Poland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Cyprus.

The meeting reached an extraordinary intensity and scientific quality, thanks to the key-note lectures from international top ranking experts, Santiago Ortiz speaking about the Dynamic Visualization of Complex Systems; Paul Wells exploring The Case of Industrial Animation and Michael Stoll presenting Infographics as interfaces to level complexity. Graphic Designer/Animator Dave Daniels captivated the audience with an engaging special guest lecture on Simplifying the Obvious to close on Friday evening.

Next event

Barcelona, Spain

→ 3–5 July 2024


See the contributions presented in 2CO’s past conferences

2CO3: Communicating Complexity: Contributions from the 2022 Alghero Conference

Edited by Nicolò Ceccarelli; Published by Franco Angeli, 2023 Coming soon

2CO2: Communicating Complexity: Contributions from the 2017 Tenerife Conference

Edited by Nicolò Ceccarelli and Carlos Jiménez
Published by Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de La Laguna, 2020

For those who are interested, the conference proceedings are availavle on the RIULL's website.

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2CO1: Communicating Complexity: 2013 Conference Proceedings

Edited by Nicolò Ceccarelli
Published by, Roma, 2013

For those who are interested on the book of conference proceedings, the volume is on sale on the publisher's website.

In the meantime you can download the b/w pdf version of the volume or browse-it on Google Books.

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from the archive

Over the past 13 years, 2CO has explored the different aspects of communicating complexity, thanks to the contributions of the network of academics and practitioners who have taken part in the various editions.
Below are the keynote speakers who have contributed to previous editions: Kelly Anderson, Matteo Bonera, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Dave Daniels, Isidro Ferrer, Pau Garcia, Darjan Hil, Nicole Lachenmeier, Santiago Ortiz, Jaime Serra, Michael Stoll, Paul Wells.
From South America to Australia, many are the designers, practitioners, and academics who have actively participated, contributed and made all the editions of 2CO possible. We would like to thank them for helping us to consolidate and extend the network of complexity communication.


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