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Johanna Schmeer

MA work

MA work

Bioplastic Fantastic

Bioplastic Fantastic investigates new typologies of objects and interactions which might emerge from material innovations in the fields of nanotechnology and synthetic biology. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2014

  • I am a designer interested in the sensual, emotional, and aesthetic potential of emerging technologies in everyday life, and in unusual solutions to large scale problems. 

    I design social objects, hinting at alternative ways of living in different realities. In the designs I place an emphasis on human-object interactions, as well as materiality, colours and textures; they are often inspired by popular culture aesthetics. Another part of my practice includes public engagement and participatory design, both as a part of the research phase of a project, and as a complementary way to engage an audience in these fictions.   

  • Degrees

  • Digital Media/Visual Communication, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
  • Experience

  • Freelance designer, 2010-present; Designer, Electrolux Vision & Probing, Stockholm, 2013; Designer, IxDS Interaction Design Studios, Berlin, 2010-12 ; Research assistant, Interaction Lab, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Project Genesis, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, 2013-14; Rundgang, UdK Berlin, July 2012; Media Design Exhibition, ACCD, Los Angeles, 2011
  • Conferences

  • 'Narrative Speculations', DGTF German Society for Design Theory and Research Annual Conference, HAWK Hildesheim, 2012; 'Touch Trace Mirror', ISEA, Istanbul, 2011; 'Asynchronous Collaborative Messaging as a Means for Creating a Relatedness Experience', TEI Tangible, Embedded, Embodied Interaction Conference 2011, Madeira