NEW [ 01.05.2022 ] 2CO 3rd conference announced

We are happy to announce a new edition of 2CO communicating complexity, the international design conference exploring ways to make information more accessible through design.

It will take place in Alghero from 7 to 9 September 2022 at the School of Architecture, design and urban planning.

As in the two previous editions, 2CO will address questions that lie in the very core of the information society, focusing on four specific areas of interest:


interactive data visualization


informative environments


COmmunicating COmplexity is the international conference aimed at exploring languages, approaches and technologies to respond to the emerging need for making complex information accessible through design.

Shaped as a quasi-scientific society of designers / researchers, 2CO is a project sparked in 2013 within a group of researchers that, actively cultivate the design practice and pursue cross-fertilization between the domains of research and professional practice, despite being primarily engaged in academic research.

Call for abstracts

Information is everywhere, accompanying us in our lives. We are constantly producing and consuming information. Information is the key to the complexity of the external world. How to communicate complexity is the challenge.

From the Capitol Hill riots to the vaccines controversy, from climate change to the effects of the emerging migratory patterns, we are rapidly learning how information, if not adequately designed, can lead to devastating effects. Over the last few years the urgency of communicating complex issues to a comprehensive and not always well informed audience has emerged in a totally new light.

On these bases, 2CO3 comes to life to share a series of reflections on how to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society through information design.

conference call

We are shaping our conference as an opportunity for the community of designers facing the communicating complexity challenge to exchange points of view and experiences at an academic, professional and research level.

We are looking for contributions and approaches that describe on-going exploration experiences, completed projects and case studies in design based-research, methodologies and practitioner fields. Despite 2CO's focus on practice-based and 'practical' design-oriented approaches, more theory and methodology-centered contributions are also welcome.

Topics covered by the conference are mainly focused, but not limited, to the area of:


interactive data visualization


informative environments

The conference is structured around two – full and junior – tracks, therefore we are looking for two distinct forms of contributions:

full paper

The first track is dedicated to formal presentations, and is aimed at scholars and professionals active in the field of communicating complexity

junior track

A special 'junior track' is designed to attract 'young researchers' (post-graduate students, PhD candidates, junior scholars and so on) willing to present their projects and experiences, in a case-studies format

abstract submission

English is the official conference language: both for abstracts submissions and for presentations.

Abstracts should be entered as plain text and must follow the following format:


One significant image to illustrate the abstract, with title and/or short caption. Minimum resolution of 300 dpi, .jpg/.png file.


Please make sure to include also a short reference list (books, articles, websites) at the end of your abstract according to APA style.

Short Bio

600 characters spaces included.


book of contributions

As for previous editions, a book of contributions will be pubblished as ISBN publication.

After going through a double-blind review process by the scientific committee, the submitted abstracts will be notified acceptance for presentation.

At least one of the selected authors will be asked to register to the conference, and come to present their contributions on 8-9 September in Alghero.

Following the contribution's presentations, the scientific committee will start a a process to select the contributions to be included in the contribution’s book; despite not ensuring an automatic admission, contributions selected for presentation at the Conference are likely to be included in the book of contributions, to be published by the end of December 2022.

key dates

01.05.2022 Conference announced
01.05.2022 Call for Abstracts Open
16.06.2022 Call for Abstracts deadline
30.06.2022 Notification of acceptance
10.07.2022 Early birds Registration Open
15.08.2022 Early birds Registration deadline
31.08.2022 Registration deadline
07.09.2022 Workshops
08-09.09.2022 Conference
30.09.2022 Camera ready full paper submission
31.12.2022 Pubblication of the conference's Book of Contributions


Pau García
Pau García
Pau García

Founding Partner at Domestic Data Streamers

As leader of the consultancy firm Domestic Data Streamers, Pau works in research and communication projects for cultural institutions, organizations, and companies such as California Academy of Sciences, Western Digital, UNICEF, Nike or the Mobile World Congress in gathering and communicating information in new data languages.

Federica Fragapane

independent data visualization designer

Federica Fragapane
Federica Fragapane

She designed data visualizations for Google, UN, Scientific American, BBC Science Focus, Penguin Books and La Lettura. Federica is co-author of the infographics children's book “Planet Earth”, published by National Geographic Kids and White Star and co-author of the "Geopolitical Atlas of Water".

Many of her projects have an experimental approach and explore the relationship between data visualization and people.

Darjan Hil & Nicole Lachenmeier

Founders of Superdot - Basel

Darjan Hil & Nicole Lachenmeier

Darjan Hil is an information designer. He co-founded Superdot (formerly YAAY) while working as a researcher at the University of Applied Sciences, Northwestern Switzerland.

Since 2017, he has taught at various Swiss Universities, lecturing on data visualization and information design principles

Nicole Lachenmeier is a Swiss information designer and co-founder of the data experience agency Superdot, founded in 2011.

Alongside her team, she has developed over a hundred visual tools and design systems for large companies, NGOs and governmental organizations.

Scientific Board & Partners

2CO is made possible by the voluntary work of a group of designers & researchers and is supported by a growing network of academic, institutional and professional partners.

Scientific board

Letizia Bollini
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Lisa Borgenheimer
HfG Offenbach am Main

Massimo Botta
SUPSI Univ. Applied Sciences, Italian Switzerland

Lucilla Calogero
Università IUAV di Venezia

Alfredo Calosci
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Nicolò Ceccarelli
DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari

Silvia Gasparotto
Università degli Studi della Rep. di San Marino

Thomas Grundigg
Hasso Plattner Institute, Univ. of Potsdam

Viktoria Kirjuchina
Dept. of Communication Design, MMArt, FH Salzburg

Stewart Medley
Edith Cowan University, Perth

Ian Mitchell
LJMU, Liverpool UK

Matteo Moretti

Eleni Mouri
University of West Attica

Javier Pereda
LJMU, Liverpool UK

Luciano Perondi
IUAV Venezia

Rodrigo Ramirez
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Gianni Sinni
IUAV Venezia

Marco Sironi
DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari

Michael Stoll
HfG Augsburg Hochschule für Gestaltung

Michele Zannoni
Dept. of Architecture, Università di Bologna

Academic partners

DADU   Dept. of Architecture, Design & Planning, Univ. of Sassari, Italy
HfG    Augsburg - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Germany
HfG    Offenbach am Main - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Germany
FH     Salzburg University of Applied Science, Austria
ECU    Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia
UNIBZ  Free University of Bozen-Bolzano Italy
UNIRSM Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino San Marino
UNIWA  University of West Attica, Athens Greece
LJMU   John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
DA     Dept. of Architecture, Università di Bologna Italy
IUAV   Università IUAV di Venezia Italy

UWA UWA HfG Augsburg UNIRSM LJMU HfG Main HfG Main HfG Main HfG Main HfG Main IUAV
Supported by
2CO educational platform

With this third edition we carry on in our effort in progressively developing the original 2CO conference concept into a true extended collaborative platform.

Something we have been so far engaged with along various directions such as: Actively involving students, which we like to think of as junior researchers, either with our Junior Track category, and with the 2CO workshops program we started in Tenerife. And with increasingly shaping the 2CO platform as a bridge among the domains of research and profession practice, with the introduction of the 2CO everyday seminars.

In addition to this we have come up with new project, the 2CO educational endeavor, which is intended at the same time as an approach March to the actual conference and an exploration to the educational issues of Communicating Complexity in the light of what we have recently learned with on-line teaching.


The Conference will be held at the S. Chiara building of the Department of Architecture, Design and Planning (DADU), University of Sassari, In Alghero, Sardinia, Italy.

Internationally well known for its beautiful beaches, that make it a great sea resort during an extended summer season (May/October), Alghero is also a lovely historical town, with restaurants, bars, pubs and nightlife that make it one of Sardinia's top touristic destinations.

The town center is well connected to all major European destinations (the rest of Italy, UK, Spain, Germany, and so on...) thanks to the Alghero-Fertilia airport (only ten minutes away from town), with daily low-cost flights.

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Registrations to the conference will open on 10.07.2022, shortly after the notification of acceptance of the submitted abstracts.

registration fees

Early bird's rates, availables before 15.08.2022.

Full paper track


participants from academic partners universities



rest of participants

junior track


250 € after 15.08.2022

350 € after 15.08.2022

Access to the conference will be free for all students from 2CO Academic partner's network.