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DATARAMA #3 - Interview with David Bihanic, Information Designer

DATARAMA #3 - Interview with David Bihanic, Information Designer
David Bihanic (c)

Interview with a dataviz specialist

David Bihanic is a designer in Information Design, founder of the agency fxds, lecturer at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne university as well as researcher in the laboratory of l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.

After graduating from Rennes academy of Fine Arts (EESAB) and obtaining a Master’s in digital and visual arts at l’Université de Haute Bretagne (Rennes 2), David Bihanic taught design in many establishments in Paris, Valenciennes, Clermont-Ferrand, Nantes and Rennes. He has also worked as a researcher, Graphic Designer and Information Designer in various organizations, including l’ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. In 2006, he set up his own agency, fxdesignstudio.

He tells us about dividing his time between creating, teaching and research, and in particular about how he sees his profession as Information Designer.

Datarama #3 artwork: "Deadly crossings to Europe" by David Bihanic

Datarama is a day of conferences launched in 2016 by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique as part of the Banque Populaire Grand Ouest - LIPPI Connected Environments Chair . During this day of discussions and encounters, the participants had the opportunity to share their work and their research. This year’s theme was data storytelling or how to relate what data tells us.

We have access to a huge amount of data on issues that are sometimes sensitive. How can we represent it graphically? Who are the people responsible for this visual translation of data? What role does the designer play in highlighting information? For David Bihanic, the designer’s subjectivity is a key issue in the graphic restitution of data. Ethics are of central importance in the choices a designer makes in order to find a balance between what the facts say and the stories which are hidden behind them. In his work, David Bihanic examines both the esthetic, epistemological and praxeological developments and the constraints and determinations of design in his collaboration with Engineering Sciences.