After Neurath Symposium. Day 1.

The project 'After Neurath' will kick off with a public symposium in which Otto Neurath's history and contemporary relevance will be discussed.

Speakers include: Frank Hartmann, Robin Kinross,
Kristóf Nyíri
and Femke Snelting.


10 am
11 am
Frank Hartmann "The quest for an 'inclusive form of the icon' - analogue to digital visualisation"
12 noon
Kristóf Nyíri "The Isotype and its Precursors"
1 pm
2 pm
Robin Kinross "Isotype work as design work"
3 pm
Femke Snelting "Corset/Skin/Skeleton"
4 pm
Q & A

Followed by a buffet/dinner in the company of the speakers.

More information on the speakers:

Frank Hartmann's talk will be entitled "The quest for an ‘inclusive form of the icon' - analogue to digital visualization." Frank Hartmann studied history of art, sociology, journalism and philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria, where he took his PhD in philosophy and his postdoctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation) in communications and media theory. He is currently teaching media philosophy and multimedia journalism at the University of Vienna. Other professional activities include media consulting and features writings. Author of several books on media philosophy, he also maintains the websites and
The text of Frank Hartmann's lecture can be found in the After Neurath web dossier.

Robin Kinross' talk is entitled 'Isotype work as design work'. Robin Kinross is an editor and writer. After graduation from the Department of Typography, University of Reading, he wrote an MPhil thesis on Otto Neurath and Isotype (1979). This led among, other things, to working with Rudolf Haller on an edition of Neurath's Gesammelte bildpädogogische Schriften (1991). In 1980 he started the publishing imprint Hyphen Press, with a new edition of Norman Potter's What is a designer. Hyphen Press now publishes a range of titles on typography and design, including books by Fred Smeijers, Christopher Burke, Harry Carter, Gerrit Noordzij, Karel Martens, and Jost Hochuli. His own books are Modern typography (1992, 2004), Anthony Froshaug (2000) and Unjustified texts (2002).

Femke Snelting's talk is entitled 'Corset / Skin / Skeleton'. She will  speak about ways data, imagery and software grow together and what that might mean for the design of information. Femke Snelting is a graphic designer and artist working mainly on and for the web. With the Brussels' arts and media organisation Constant she develops projects at the intersection of feminism and free- and open source software. Together with Renee Turner and Riek Sijbring she forms De Geuzen (a foundation for multi-visual research). De Geuzen deploys a variety of strategies both on- and offline to explore their interests in female identity, critical resistance, representation, and narrative archiving. See:

Kristóf Nyíri is Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for Philosophical Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Nyíri will give particular attention to the history of systems of the organisation that preceded Isotype and which had an abiding influence on Neurath's work. These are the encyclopedia projects devised during the enlightenment that attempted to unify knowledge scientifically through the use of a combination of words and pictures. We will see that such systems did not only leave an impression on Neurath, but also have a bearing on how we read and understand information and knowledge systems today.


Poster 'After Neurath'
photo: Design: Huug Schipper