Hey hey, I’m Jonas Parnow [pʰaʁno:], a Berlin-based freelance designer focused on interface design and data visualisation and a Metalab(at)Harvard affiliate. I have worked in commercial, artistic, scientific and journalistic contexts, but nowadays I primarily offer my expertise in non-commercial projects. Many of these projects consist of data analysis, concept, design, visualisation and realisation.

I feel comfortable with some programming languages1, web technologies2, and a good range of graphic appli­cations. Most of my visu­al­isa­tions emerge from the combi­nation of various tools ranging from data collection and analysis to custom visu­al­isa­tions. Recently, most projects involved setting up a whole website with a unique design, infrastructure and visual story.

I have worked with clients like PIK, NGFS, Metalab(at)Harvard, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Simons Foundation and Zeit Online. Many projects were produced in close collaboration with among others Kim Albrecht, Paul Heinicker, Alsino Skowronnek and Fabian Dinklage. I’m currently involved in the 3-year climate change scenario PROVIDE project together with Flavio Gortana.

Together with Lisa Charlotte Muth, I co-organise the data visu­al­isa­tion meetup. I also teach at the TU Dortmund, the FH Potsdam and have been conducting workshops in Bangladesh and Pakistan for Deutsche Welle.

In order to prevent possible conflicts of interest in my journalistic and educational work, I disclose the following memberships: Amnesty International, BUND, Chaos Computer Club, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte, Greenpeace, Naturschutzbund Deutschland, Rote Hilfe, Tor, WWF and Zentrum für politische Schönheit.

I’ve been a scout for over 20 years and I’ve been a big friend of being outdoors ever since. I am also currently doing a one-year wilderness education course. A selection of photos from recent travels can be found on my dedicated photo website.

I identify as a white, cis-male from Germany. Pronouns are he/him. My native language is German and I’m fluent in English.

This website is set in Untitled Sans by Klim Type Foundry. It utilises Hugo, Svelte, Github and Netlify.

  1. I’m currently getting into Julia (mostly through Jupyter Notebooks) and Go. Most of my projects are realised with Svelte, Vue and Hugo.

  2. I have setup REST-infrastructures, web scraper and bots, Github actions and other workflows. I’m familiar with (geo) data formats both as files and databases. At the moment, I’m learning about accessibility, semantics and performance on the web.


Jonas Parnow is a designer for infor­ma­tion and data. After his media design Bachelor of Arts from the RFH Köln in 2012, he started at the info­graphic agency Golden Section Graphics/Infographics Group. Besides that, he finished his interface design Master of Arts at the FH Potsdam. Until 2021, he worked 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. Since then he is working as a freelancer while co-running the inter­face and infor­ma­tion design Studio Karat. Besides, he teaches data journalism at the TU Dortmund and data visualisation at the FH Potsdam. Since 2021, he is a Metalab(at)Harvard affiliate.