Nik Hafermaas

Chair of Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design

Nik is an international award-winning artist, designer, and educational leader. As the Graphic Design Department Chair at Art Center College of Design ( in Pasadena, California, leading a faculty of over 40 professional designers and 300 students, Nik has created a new curriculum, fusing print and packaging, motion and interaction design into Transmedia Design. This innovative program is razing traditional barriers separating designer, artist and curator. It entails working across both emerging and traditional media —everything from data visualization to interactive spatial installations— to create an emotionally resonant experience. As the Executive Director of Art Center’s Berlin Satellite Program, he prototypes new learning models in Europe’s thriving metropolis. His Los Angeles based artist platform Ueberall International ( conceives and produces data-driven art installations converging digital media and spatial experiences. His artist team produced the data-driven sculptures eCLOUD for San Jose International Airport and AirFIELD for Atlanta International Airport and is currently working on high profile art projects in San Diego and Seattle. As former principal and chief creative officer of Triad Berlinhe and his two partners formed one of Germany’s leading design firms. His team created pavilions for the World Expo2000 and for the Swiss Expo02.