Claudia Mareis is an expert for Design Studies as well as Cultural History and Theory. Since 2013 she has been a professor at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, where she heads the Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures. Since 2013 she is co-director of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« at Humboldt-University of Berlin. After initial training in Graphic Design, she studied History and Theory of Design, Art and Culture in Zurich, Berlin and Linz. Her research interests comprise design history and methodology in the 20th century, knowledge cultures in design, cultural history of creativity, experimental design and media cultures, and design criticism.