is a multidisciplinary professional who combines his expertise in design, research, and programming to explore the intersection of design and technology. His work focuses on understanding how new technologies can be contextualized to enhance our experiences in the physical and digital worlds.
He is skilled in data visualization, interaction design, and user experience design. He loves to craft unique digital experiences and data visualizations that can communicate complex information in a simple and intuitive way. He has open-sourced most of his work e.g. on explorative interfaces for OpenGLAM, which is a project that allows users to visually explore large cultural collections.
Christopher holds a degree in Interaction Design from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. His Bachelor's thesis was on Brain-Computer-Interfaces.
As a freelance information and interaction designer, he continues to explore novel types of visualization metaphors that can help us better understand and interact with the world around us.
A new area of interest is the boundary between artificial intelligence and interaction design. He explores how these two fields can work together to create more intuitive and engaging user experiences. He believes that AI can help design more personalized and adaptive interfaces that can better respond to user needs and preferences.
2008 — 2014
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Bachelor of Arts: Interaction Design (Grade: 1.2)
Specialized in Advanced Media and Information Visualization
2006 — 2008
University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin
Applied Computer Science
2005 — 2006
Rurtalwerkstätten Düren (sheltered workshop)
1996 — 2005
Gymnasium Kreuzau (high school)
High School Diploma (Abitur) in Maths, Biology, Computer Science
2009 — now
Freelance Interaction Designer and Developer
Clients: New York Times, Zeit Online, Spiegel Online, NZZ, Julian Oliver, OpenDataCity, MIT Senseable City Lab, Nokia, AlgorithmWatch, facts and fiction, Universität Zürich, TU Berlin
2014 — now
Researcher: Urban Complexity Lab, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (Associate)
Cf. City Flows, IEEE VISAP, Baltimore; The Art of Networks III, Boston
Cf. City Flows, Streams and Traces, Berlin
FW4 Past Visions, Streams and Traces, Berlin
Bumping Borders, Part of Mobile Republic, Funded by Arts Council England. With Julian Oliver and Till Nagel.
Brain State Sharing, Interactive installation at the "Langen Nacht der Wissenschaft", Language Of Emotions FU Berlin
Surprise machines - Revealing Harvard Art Museums’ image collection
Information Design Journal 2022, Dario Rodighiero, Douglas Duhaime, Christopher Pietsch, Lins Derry, Jordan Kruguer, and Jeffrey Schnapp
Von der Wolke zum Pfad - Visuelle und assoziative Exploration zweier
DHd 2022, Brüggemann Viktoria, Bludau Mark-Jan, Pietsch Christopher, Dörk Marian
Past Visions and Reconciling Views: Visualizing Time, Texture and Themes in Cultural Collections.
Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, Marian Dörk
One view is not enough: High-level visualizations of a large cultural
Information Design Journal 23, Marian Dörk, Christopher Pietsch & Gabriel Credico
Von sammlungsspezifischen Visualisierungen zu nachnutzbaren Werkzeugen,
Konferenzband zur DHd, Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, Marian Dörk
Staged Analysis: From Evocative to Comparative Visualizations of Urban Mobility
Till Nagel, Christopher Pietsch, Marian Dörk
Linking structure, texture and context in a visualization of historical
drawings by Frederick William IV,
Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, Carsten Dilba, Marian Dörk