Catalogtree Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha
Data is not information. To make the transformation from data to information you have to make editorial decisions. We concern ourselves not only with the tone of voice of the design — in other words how we are saying things — we also concern ourselves with what it is we are actually saying. We have to be editors before we are designers. During this talk we will show examples of this approach.
Catalogtree is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Arnhem (NL) and Berlin (DE). It was founded in 2001 by Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha, who met at Werkplaats Typografie. Nina Bender joined the studio in 2011. The studio works continuously on commissioned and self–initiated projects. Highly interested in self–organising systems, they believe in ‘Form Equals Behaviour’. Experimental tool–making, programming, book typography and the visualization of quantitative data are part of their daily routine. Recent endeavours include mapping sediment layers, coding knots, tinkering Hershey Fonts, finding centre points of irregular shapes, tiling aperiodically and simulating patterns a giant pufferfish would be proud of. Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha teach at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (NL), all three have taught and lectured widely. The work of Catalogtree is in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum of Design and Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.