David Bihanic, designer-researcher


Designer and founder of the fxdesignstudio (fxds) digital design agency, also Associate Professor at the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne — Permanent Researcher at the ACTE Research Institute (UMR 8218), and Associated Researcher (honorary member) responsible for Digital Affairs at the CALHISTE Laboratory (Culture, Arts, Literature, History of Societies and Foreign Territories — EA 4343) as well as Senior Research Fellow at ENSADlab (Art and Design Research Laboratory of “The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” — ENSAD), David Bihanic examines the different paradigms of visualization and manipulation of large and complex datasets — it deals with recent design attempts in order to present multi-dimensional data graphically by mapping data and properties to different visual shapes, colors, and positions (e.g. experimental works which investigate novel ways of exploring information). Building on the cognitive-aesthetics analysis of visual organizations of information, he explores new avenues and opportunities for data design (data visualization aesthetics, and creative informatics). His work spans the whole spectrum, from theory to implementation techniques and applications.

David Bihanic is an accomplished professional with more than 15 years of experience in creative design industries. He published several books and book chapters, as well as numerous scientific articles relating to the new stakes of design (considering the linkages between Design and Engineering Sciences); he then takes an active part in the evolution and transformations occurring in this field. His research is also centered upon new “end-user” interfaces (map-like, tangible, relationship-based interfaces, etc.).

My resume

Born on May 6th, 1977, in Saint-Nazaire (FRANCE). Married, 2 children.

Associate Professor at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne — Ph.D in Design from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Permanent Researcher at the ACTE Research Institute (UMR 8218).

Associated Researcher (honorary member) responsible for Digital Affairs at the CALHISTE Laboratory (Culture, Arts, Literature, History of Societies, and Foreign Territories, EA 4343), University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis.

Senior Research Fellow at ENSADlab (Art and Design Research Laboratory of the “École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” — ENSAD).

Founder and Chairman/CEO of the fxdesignstudio (fxds) company, design consultant for large clients in the public and private sectors.

Educational background

2008: Qualified as an Associate Professor in Arts & Design from the National Council of French Universities (“Conseil National des Universités”): section 18th.

2007: PhD in Aesthetics and Design with highest honors, University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.
Thesis Subject: “Space, places and hypermaps. Study on network spatiality and information geography.”

Jury members:
– Pr Bernard Darras, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (jury chair),
Jean-Louis Fréchin, Ateliers-Paris Design Institute — “ENSCI-Les Ateliers” (invited member),
– Pr Armand Hatchuel, MINES ParisTech (reviewer),
– Dr Isabelle Rieusset-Lemarié, University of Cergy-Pontoise (reviewer),
– Pr Pierre-Damien Huyghe, University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (thesis advisor).

2001: Master’s degree (MBA) in Visual and Digital Arts with highest honors, University of “Haute Bretagne” (Brittany).

Subject: “Digital Art & human experience (Cognitive Sciences)” — master thesis advisor: Jacques Sato.

2000: Post graduate degree in fine Arts Studies, National degree DNSEP (Higher National Diploma of Fine Arts Studies), European School of Fine Arts (EESAB), Rennes (Brittany).

Educational background “Grand Air” International High School (La Baule, FRANCE).

1995: Final High School graduation.

Work & teaching experience

Since September 2015: Associate professor, University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

The Aesthetics-Fine/Visual Arts Department (UFR 04) at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne offers a wide range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications.

I teach the theory and practice of Design — as well as theory through practice — (particularly Digital Design, Interaction/UI design, and Graphic Design), Data Design concepts and techniques, Design methodologies/flows and deliverables in graduate and postgraduate programs, Design aesthetics (poietics) in research graduate/postgraduate programs.

2011-2015: Associate professor, University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis (UVHC).

The Arts and Design Department (FLLASH faculty) at the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis offers graduate degrees and post-graduate degrees.

I teach History of Data/Information Design & Aesthetics in Interaction/Interface Design (UI/UX) in the postgraduate diploma/master in Computational Arts and Creative Informatics and also Creative Digital Design Process-Techniques-Methods, Design Informatics, Innovative Design Reasoning & Management, Webdesign (web-based services/applications), Usability Guidelines.

Since January 2006: Senior creative designer, Founder and chairman/CEO of fxdesignstudio (fxds).

– Design specifications/Digital mockup prototypes (e.g. Proof-Of-Concept models and mockups),
– Creative innovative design consultancy (e.g. creativity workshops, creative problem solving etc.),
– Graphical user interface design (GUI), webdesign, extranet/intranet design,
– Brand creation and managment (e.g. visual identities, logotypes, graphic charters, icons etc.).

Major clients: Thomsons(FR)/RCA(US) Grass Valley; Thomson R&D France; Nextream; Siemens; Vodafone; SFR; Orange; Virgin Mobile; Pocket Production; Centre Pompidou (IRI); RTL; Pages Jaunes; ViaMichelin; Canal+; Renault F1, etc.

2010-2013: Project studio director, Les Ateliers-Paris Design Institute — “ENSCI-Les Ateliers”.

Les Ateliers-Paris Design Institute (“ENSCI-Les Ateliers”) is the only French National Institute exclusively devoted to industrial design. A public commercial and industrial establishment supervised by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Industry.

As a project studio director, I was in charge of managing industry partnership projects and also teaching courses on the practice and theory of Design (graduate and postgraduate degrees).

2008-2011: Associate professor, University of Auvergne — Clermont-Ferrand I.

I taught graduate and post-graduate courses in information/interaction design (specialities: Innovative web services and HCI Design solutions).

Main research field: Art, Design and Creative Informatics; end-user Interface Design {map-like, tangible, relationship-based interfaces etc.}; Information/Data Visualization; Creative Digital Design process

2007-2008: Teacher-Researcher, School of Media and Design (“L’École de Design de Nantes Atlantique”— EDNA) — School of Industrial Design managed by the Chamber of Commerce of Nantes.

I taught theoretical and practical courses in interaction design. I manage research R&D projects and promote scientific collaboration with Industry.

Main research field: analysis and design for new “end-user” interface design computing (cf. map-like, tangible, adaptive, relationship-based interfaces, etc.).

2006-2007: Trainer/Teacher, School of Media and Design (“L’École de Design de Nantes Atlantique”— EDNA).

I taught courses on interactive media content design and development (educational/R&D partnership programs with High-Tech industries).

2005-2006: Guest Lecturer, “École Polytechnique” Branch of Nantes (School of engineering of the University of Nantes).

I taught courses on the theory of information design (Master of Computing program).

2003-2005:Information Designer, Thomson Inc./Research fellow in the department of Arts at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.
Research contract between the University of Paris I and the Thomson Group).

I managed expert studies of systems dealing with the handling and processing of media covered information in order to provide a real support to certain technological development projects. (Co-author of one patent: “Device and method for controlling access to information in a database, and associated products and methods“).

2003-2005: Assistant Professor, University of “Haute Bretagne” (Brittany).

I taught courses on the theory of design (Master of Media Design program).

2003-2003: Information designer, Expansion press group.

As an independent consultant, I reorganized the functional, editorial and technical information structure of the website and designed a new graphic charter (Web Consulting: Information Audit and Webdesign Consultancy).

Principal websites: http://www.lexpansion.com; http://www.lexpress.fr; http://www.lefigaro.fr; http://www.lentreprise.fr; http://www.lire.fr; http://www.cadremploi.fr; http://www.letudiant.fr

2000-2002: Graphic designer, Artefacto (Digital Design Agency).

In charge of the brand positioning and promotion (digital brand manager), I assured persuasive visual strategies that maximised marketing effectiveness. Thus, I defined corporate and product identity and also graphical user interface design and multimedia products.

Major clients : France Telecom R&D; Siemens; RATP; etc.


— Last updated: December 2015. —

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