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London College of Communication

Dr. Helga Schmid

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts, MA Interaction Communication
London College of Communication
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Dr Helga Schmid is an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts and MA Interaction Design Communication Programme at London College of Communication.

Helga is a graphic designer, design researcher, curator and lecturer. Her teaching expertise is in Visual Communication, Experience Design and Design Research.

Helga worked as a researcher in the Architecture and Design depart­ment at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and internationally as art director on high-profile projects, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Design Museum, as well as in-house for the School of Visual Arts and the Royal College of Art.

Her work has been exhibited and featured in publications, blogs and magazines worldwide, e.g. at the Dia Art Foundation in New York, DMY Berlin, and as part of the London Design Week.

Helga has received a number of international awards including the Type Directors Award, Art Directors Award, Best German Books Award as well as a Fulbright scholarship and two DAAD scholarships. In 2018 Helga is a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum in London.

Helga’s interdisciplinary research explores new roles, contexts and approaches in relation to social, cultural and ethical impact of existing and emerging technologies, especially in relation to time. The goal of her research is to inspire a debate about the impact of technological futures on our lives, especially in regards to acceleration processes in today’s high-speed society.

Helga has a background as a communication designer, holding a postgraduate degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany, a Master degree in the MFA Design Programme Designer as Author at the School of Visual Arts in New York, as well as a practice-led PhD in Design Interactions and Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art.

Since 2014 Helga has been a Visiting Lecturer in the Information Experience Design Programme in the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art.

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View the BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts course page.

View the MA Interaction Design Communication course page.