Public Lecture: Peter Hall, ‘Making Sense of Mapping’

RMIT Design Futures Lab in the School of Media and Communication invite you to a public lecture Making Sense of Mapping by academic and design writer Peter Hall.


In the era of big data, mapping and data visualisation have become popular methods of representing findings and patterns, suggesting ways of making sense of complex problems. But to what extent is this datasphere a cultural product with its own historical baggage and biases? Can mapping provide a means of countering dominant positivist paradigms?

Event Details:
Date: Friday 14 November
Location: Building 100, Level 3 lecture theatre
RMIT Design Hub, Cnr of Swanston and Victoria Sts
Time: 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start

Peter Hall is a design writer, senior lecturer and design department head at Griffith University Queensland College of Art. Before moving to Brisbane, Australia in January 2012, he was senior lecturer in design at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught design theory, history and journalistic methods of research and writing. His research focuses on mapping as a design process. Between 2001 and 2007 he was Senior Editor and Fellow at the University of Minnesota Design Institute, where he co-edited with Jan Abrams the book, Else/Where: Mapping – New Cartographies of Networks and Territories and organised several symposia and workshops on mapping. He has been a contributing writer for Metropolis magazine since 2000 and has written widely about design in its various forms, including gaming, elevators, building graphics, bridges, neon lights and office chairs, for publications including Print, I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He taught a seminar class on design theory and writing at Yale School of Art between 2000 and 2007. He wrote and co-edited the books Tibor Kalman: Perverse OptimistSagmeister: Made You Look and Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics. Since 2006 he has been Vice President and co-organizer of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues at an annual gathering in Vinalhaven, Maine.