Head of Information Design for the Masters Department 



Design Academy Eindhoven is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the position of

Head of Information Design


About DAE

Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) is one of the world’s leading design schools, recognised internationally for its forward-thinking and renowned professors and alumni. For over 70 years it has trained aspiring designers to make their mark on the future by thinking freely and openly about what design can achieve, consistently exploring design as an instrument of material, social, environmental and critical innovation. Today it is home to a community of many nationalities and cultures, offering an environment where personal perspectives on the world can be translated into meaningful and daring propositions. They are guided in this by a team of professional designers, architects, researchers, writers and curators, all active within the academy as well as in the professional field.

DAE is a University of the Arts, offering both BA and MA degrees, specialised in training students in different design perspectives in order to produce critical and socially engaged designers. In conjunction with the educational programmes, DAE has international Readerships focused on collaborative research projects. The commonality at DAE is the shared political values of an inclusive society that embraces diversity in every aspect. In addition, the hybrid, conceptual, contextual and international approach to design makes DAE’s programmes distinctive.


About working at DAE

The Academy’s community is its heart. From Studio Leaders to tutors, coordinators to workshop instructors, caretakers to catering team, students and staff, each individual plays an important part in shaping DAE.

With this in mind, the Academy aims to create a progressive environment for all of its employees, offering opportunities for both personal and professional development within a stimulating and safe working environment. The school’s personnel policy also places a strong emphasis on identifying and supporting talent and creating a healthy and engaging social atmosphere.

As we build our excellence on the diversity of our staff and student community, we pay continual attention to diversity and inclusion and provide a safe learning and working environment in a broader sense. We foster equality and inclusion, and promote respect and a sense of belonging for all. We therefore encourage proposals from all sections of society.


About the team

The position is currently occupied by Joost Grootens, who after 20 years of service at the Academy will assume the position of Professor of Artistic Research in Visual Design at the Royal Danish Academy. The position will become vacant in September 2022.  Information Design is one of the five Masters Departments at Design Academy Eindhoven, all of which are internationally recognised for their excellence. The future Head assembles a team of teachers and professionals who will structure the work of the department in the coming years.


About the job

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Head of Masters for Information Design. The role involves a clear vision for the future of the Department of Information Design within the Academy, and a strategic understanding of its future position in relation to other similar international offerings. The Head of Information Design will guide our graduates towards autonomous practice and will support the Design Academy community’s desire to build a more diverse, just and inclusive society, starting from its own internal community..


What you will bring to the team

To be successful in this job, you will need an active and rigorous design practice with an established international reputation for excellence in Information Design. You bring long-term thinking with reference to political discourse and social practice in the public sphere. You have access to a vast, well-structured and diverse international network of thinkers and practitioners.

Above all, you possess a strong affinity with the Academy’s approach to design. This approach is defined by the conviction that all forms of design represent a form of critical and political practice within society, as well as the competences and curiosity to explore new frontiers in the broader field of information design, particularly in relation to rapidly-evolving platforms of communication and representation such as the social media, mobile platforms, the metaverse and  other contemporary expressions of network culture.

You will also need:

  •  A university PhD or M.A. degree in design or fine arts appropriate to the position
  • Proof of pedagogical and didactic aptitude and teaching experience
  • Familiarity with the fields of visual design, interaction design, visual perception, multi-sensorial perception, cognitive psychology and systems thinking
  • A spirit of curiosity for exploration of new possibilities
  • Professional and practical experience of research and development activities in art and/or design related fields
  • Affinity with the values of diversity and inclusiveness


Our offer

We are offering you a challenging position in an international and dynamic working environment. This concerns a part-time, freelance position for the duration of 8 years.


Information and application

For more information about the position, please contact Raf De Keninck, Executive Board at +31 (0) 40-2393939  



Please send in your application via the application button and include a CV and a cover letter, outlining what you can bring to the role, your previous experience and why you would like to work for DAE. You can respond to this vacancy until 26 January 2022.

The feedback- and selection process will start as soon as possible, due to holiday closure the latest by the end of January 2022.

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