Prof. Michael Stoll
Prof. Michael Stoll studied communication design at the HTWG, University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany, from 1987 to 1991 and graduated with the thesis „A Classification of Infography“.
From 1991 to 2005, he was a freelance designer and infographic artist based in Tübingen. His clients included newspaper publishers in southern Germany. He also held courses in infography at the “Journalistenzentrum Haus Busch” journalism centre (Hagen), the IFRA newspaper institute (Darmstadt/Frankfurt) and the Akademie der Bayerischen Presse (Munich).
Since 2005, he has been teaching media theory and infography at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, where he is head of the study track Information Design in the Department of Design. Key study-related activities he offers on a regular basis include field trips to international conferences and partner universities, lectures by leading practitioners and sector-specific exhibitions at the department. His students have won several awards for work they created in his courses, including two silver awards at the Malofiej Competition, one silver award at the SND Annual Competition and several European Newspaper Awards.
He teaches the course “Visual Storytelling with Soundslides and Flash” on a regular basis at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany) as part of the bachelor programme “Journalism/Digital Media” (Journalismus Darmstadt).
At the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), he regularly teaches the course “Visual Culture: Infography” for the masters programme “Journalism” (AJM).
He serves as the Educational Director (Intl. Affairs) for the SND Society for News Design (USA) and coordinates the academic exchange between participating universities (The Society for News Design).
He is also a member of the International Institute for Information Design IIID (Vienna, Austria) and serves on the editorial board of its Information Design Journal (John Benjamins Publishing Company).
He is also participating in the Adobe Education Leader programme. An Adobe initiated programme, that enables networking and exchange of ideas among the most influencial educators worldwide.
Prof. Michael Stoll also collects historic infographics and owns one of biggest collections on the topic. He put together the highlights of his collection for a travelling exhibition called “History of Infographics”.