Arlene Birt is an infodesigner, visual storyteller, public artist and educator. Her work incorporates behavioral psychology to visually explain the stories behind products and places and help individuals connect emotionally to seemingly distant environmental topics.
Her work on sustainability – which rides the line between art and education – has been featured in Creative Review (UK), U.S. News and World Report, BusinessWeek.com, worldchanging.com, SEED Magazine and at the Barcelona Design Museum. This work resulted in a number of research fellowships and residencies, including a Fulbright fellowship. Birt has published chapters in numerous books, including New Challenges for Data Design, and Sustainable Graphic Design: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Print Design.
She is invited to speak internationally and works with organizations in the U.S., E.U. and U.K. See some example presentations.
Birt holds a master’s degree from Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) and is Associate Professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
“The boundaries between art, design, commerce and technology blur and intersect in my work: real-world static data plays out into more emotionally charged, collectively visual, stories. My intent is to inspire people to understand how their everyday choices impact global environment and society.”
— Arlene Birt, Chief Visual Storyteller, Background Stories