My name is Oliver Wrede.

I am professor for interactive media since 2000 and a freelance design consultant and interaction designer since 1993.

I live in Cologne, Germany. You can reach me at wrede(at)

There are many more websites (weblogs) I maintain – mostly related to my teaching activities.


  • Working as designer and design consultant for Interactive Media, Information Design and Corporate Communication
  • Teaching “Interactive Media, Audio-Visual Design and Information Architecture” at the Department of Design of the Aachen University of Applied Science (see the faculty page).
  • Special Interest Editor for Hot Topics in Information Design for the Information Design Journal (IDJ)

Professional activities

Professional activities include design consulting, graphic design, interaction design, interface design, web design, design writing, teaching, lecturing and research as well as conceptual work and multimedia programming for projects of different scales.


Since 2000: Professor for Interactive Media and Information Architecture at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design.

Since 2009: Head of Concept & Design for dimensional GmbH


2007-2009: Head of Concept & Design for Hobnox AG

2005-2007: Teaching at professoral level the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Department of Computer Science.

2002: Founded the design consulting agency principle design.

1999-2001: Artistic and academic staff member at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in the Media Design department in the area of “interactive media and networks”.

1996-1999: Worked in a research and development project “MultiLeu” funded by the national science and research ministery

1996: Founded the design agency causa formalis informationdesign

Graduated from Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne
(renamed to Koeln International School of Design today).


Akademie für Kommunikationsdesign Düsseldorf,  AOK Bundesverband, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Syntax Mediengestaltung Köln, cutup Vision Köln, Databay AG, Die gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG, BGFE, BIA, VBG), Dimensional GmbH, Fachhochschule Rhein-Sieg, Fachhochschule Köln, Fernuniverstität Hagen (Institut für Bildungstechnologie & ZFE), Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH, Hobnox AG, Hochschule für Musik Köln, Kabel New Media Köln, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Landespresse- und Informationsamt NRW, McKinsey & Company Inc., Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt, Online-Hanse GmbH, Pallas GmbH, Stadt Köln (Presse- und Informationsamt, Amt für Statistik, Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung, Stadtentwicklungsplanung), UPD – Unabhängige Patientenberatung Deutschland, Wolff Consulting GmbH, etc.