Jonas Parnow works on the visualisation of climate change scenarios as a research associate at the Urban Complexity Lab. He co-runs the interface and information design Studio Karat and works as a freelancer in Berlin.


I’m inter­ested in trans­forming data and infor­ma­tion into visual struc­tures. I have a critical and open under­standing of what visu­al­isa­tion and inter­faces are and reflect on their impact and meaning for our society. Other topics of inter­ests include post-digital media, privacy, inter­sectional feminism, and en­vi­ron­men­tal issues.

I prefer to work for organisations, foundations, universities, journalists, and activists with open source licenses. I also give talks and teach at universities. In Berlin, I co-organise the DataVis Meetup.

I feel comfortable with common front-end, some back-end programming languages and a good range of graphic appli­cations. Most of my visu­al­isa­tions emerge from the combi­nation of diverse tools ranging from data collection and analysis to custom visu­al­isa­tion.

My private life is naturally influenced by my work and vice versa. Therefore, I am inter­ested in all kinds of design, culture and technology, especially how we can use these tools to create a diverse, equal and fair world.

Even though I had been working for some clients as a photographer I’m no longer taking photographs professionally. Nowadays, photography implies a break and recreation for me. Seeing the beauty of diversity, capturing moments that I shared with people or turning the camera down to hear the stories of the people surrounding me is all part of this journey.


As my work and the projects I work on cover different diciplines and topics I like to keep them in seperate places:

    My recent data visu­al­isa­tion and infor­ma­tion design works
    A collection of my favourite photography projects
    The inter­face and infor­ma­tion studio I co-run
    A collection of data visu­al­isa­tion links I build for the data vis Meetup
    Some online tools I build over the last years


Jonas Parnow is a designer for infor­ma­tion and data. After his media design Bachelor of Arts from the RFH Cologne in 2012 he started at the info­graphic agency Infographics Group. Besides that, he finished his design Master of Arts at the FH Potsdam. Since 2017, he works as a part-time research associate at the Urban Complexity Lab in the EU-funded Senses research project on the visu­al­isa­tion of climate change scenarios. He is also working at the inter­face and infor­ma­tion design Studio Karat that he co-founded. Besides, he teaches data journalism at the TU Dortmund and worked for Zeit Online. He also co-organises the data visu­al­isa­tion meetup in Berlin.

Jonas Parnow identifies as white, cis-male from Germany. Pronouns are he/him.


Jonas Parnow ist Designer für Informationen und Daten. Nach dem Mediendesign Bachelor an der RFH Köln hat er 2012 bei der Infografik-Agentur Infographics Group angefangen. Parallel zu seiner Arbeit dort hat er 2015 an der FH Potsdam einen Master in Interface Design abgeschlossen. Seit 2017 arbeitet er als wissen­schaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Urban Complexity Lab und beschäftigt sich dort im EU-weiten Senses Forschungs­projekt mit der Visualisierung von Klimawandel-Szenarien. Schon während seiner Arbeit in der Agentur hat er Studio Karat gegründet – ein Interface- und Informations­design-Studio. Nebenbei unterrichtet er Datenjournalismus an der TU Dortmund und arbeitete für Zeit Online. Er co-organisiert außerdem das Daten Visualisierung Meetup in Berlin.

Jonas Parnow identifiziert sich als weißer, Cis-Mann aus Deutschland. Pronomen ist er.