Darjan Hil

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Darjan Hil, information designer, author and initiator from On Data And Design
OccupationInformation designer
Known forBook – Visualizing Complexity and On Data And Design event series
Notable work
Modular Information Design System

Darjan Hil is an Austrian information designer, educator, and book author based in Basel, Switzerland. He is known for creating visualizations that make complex issues easier to understand. His works cover various specific domains such as data visualization, data storytelling, knowledge mapping, information architecture and Digitization strategies. He focuses on developing both physical and digital experiences that improve human understanding through interactions.

As co-author of the book Visualizing Complexity: Modular Information Design Handbook..[1][2][3], he explores new ways with multidimensional visualisation through a modular system of 80 elements. The book has been awarded with the Austrian Joseph Binder Award[4], the ICMA Award [4], the Deutsche Presse Agentur Award [5], the German Art Directors Club [6], the INDIGO Award [7], as-well as longlisted at the European Design Award, the Information is Beautiful Award [8] and nominated for the Swiss Design Award 2023 [9].

In 2011 Hil co-founded Superdot formerly YAAY [10] together with Nicole Lachenmeier. Their work has been among others awarded with the Information is Beautiful award for the work for Swiss Post [11], The Out of Balance Award from Stiftung Bauhaus for the depiction of the income gap [12] and the Deutsche Presse Agentur Award for the visualisation of the concept of sufficency[13]. Their collaborations include clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, international organizations, museums, foundations, and universities. A selection of their customers are UNICEF [14], Swiss Federal Statistical Office [15], Roche Pharma AG [16], United Nations UNECE [17], Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture [18], City of Basel [19] and Swiss Post [20]

Hil also teaches classes at various institutions including BA Data Design at Art at Luzern[21], BA Digital Ideation at HSLU [22], MA Design at HSLU [23], CAS Data Visualizaiton at HKB [24], Modular Information Design at various Swiss and international Universities. He has served as speaker at several conferences such as EDCH Munich[25], On Data And Design [26], ISVIS Tel Aviv [27], Keynote at 2co Sardinia[28]. There are podcasts interviews with Darjan Hil at This is HCD [29], Nodes of Design[30]. Hil is part of jury SDGviz Awards [31] and IIID Award 2023 [32]

Aside from his career in academia and design, Hil initiated a event series called On Data And Design [33] in 2018. Starting with a first lecture series in Vienna on the topics between data and design the format grew bigger expanding to Basel and Berlin. Today the events are hosting world known speakers and streamed over youtube to a big community of information design lovers.


  • Darjan, Hil (2022). Visualizing Complexity: Modular Information Design Handbook. Birkhäuser Publishers. ISBN 9783035625042.
  • Darjan, Hil (2020). "Tourney — the potential of gamification in distance learning".
  • Darjan, Hil (2019). "Visual Business Model Journey — Visuelles kristallisieren von Geschäftsideen".
  • Darjan, Hil (2019). "Multidimensional Data Visualization".


  1. Hil, Darjan; Lachenmeier, Nicole (May 9, 2022). Visualizing Complexity. Birkhäuser. doi:10.1515/9783035625066. ISBN 9783035625066 – via www.degruyter.com.
  2. Pham, Sonja (February 27, 2023). "Visualizing Complexity: Komplexität attraktiv machen".
  3. "Visualizing Complexity - Modular Information Design Handbook". November 8, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Winners 2022". Joseph Binder Award.
  5. "Stuttgarter Zeitung/Stuttgarter Nachrichten gewinnen dpa-infografik award 2022". presseportal.de. November 23, 2022.
  6. "ADC Gallery". Art Directors Club für Deutschland – ADC.
  7. "Indigo Award Winners 2023". Indigo Design Award.
  8. "Information is Beautiful Awards". www.informationisbeautifulawards.com.
  9. "Swiss Design Awards". swissdesignawards.ch.
  10. "Aus Yaay wird Superdot". June 19, 2020.
  11. "Animated Infographic Microsite on E-Commerce". www.informationisbeautifulawards.com.
  12. "New Chart Type: The «Scissor Chart»". www.superdot.studio.
  13. "Mutig abseits des Mainstreams: Das sind die Gewinner des dpa-infografik award 2015". presseportal.ch. October 15, 2015.
  14. "Big picture book structure". www.superdot.studio.
  15. "UN sustainable development goals dataviz book". www.superdot.studio.
  16. "Icon system for branded communication". www.superdot.studio.
  17. "Design system SDG data plattform". www.superdot.studio.
  18. "Isometric Infographic about Swiss Egg Market". www.superdot.studio.
  19. "Data visualization for healthcare report". www.superdot.studio.
  20. "Animated Infographic Microsite". www.superdot.studio.
  21. "Bachelor Data Design & Art | Design & Kunst". Hochschule-Luzern.
  22. "Bachelor in Digital Ideation". Hochschule-Luzern.
  23. "Master of Arts in Design | Design & Kunst". Hochschule-Luzern.
  24. "Data Visualization". www.hkb.bfh.ch.
  25. "YAAY – every dot on the paper must have a meaning" – via www.youtube.com.
  26. "Cost of Living and Form Design · Darjan Hil · On Data And Design" – via www.youtube.com.
  27. ISVIS Tel Aviv talk on Modular Information Design
  28. "2CO Communicating Complexity International Design Conference". www.2coconference.org.
  29. "Listen to Darjan Hil 'The Art of Visualising Complexity'". www.thisishcd.com.
  30. "Nodes of Design#90: Data + Design by Darjan Hil & Nicole Lachenmeier". March 26, 2023 – via open.spotify.com.
  31. "SDGviz Award 2021".
  32. "Awards & Jury". IIIDaward23.
  33. "On Data And Design - YouTube". www.youtube.com.

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