Stewart Smith

Stewart is an American graphic designer, programmer and digital artist living in London and operating under the name Stewdio. Last year he tried explaining what it is that he does at the Creativity and Technology conference with a short talk titled Code Play. That seemed to go OK—he got some laughs. Recently, he had two pieces in the Talk to Me exhibition at MoMA (more on that) and served on the judging panel for the TED conference’s Ads Worth Spreading competition. Currently he has a panoramic data visualization, trans_actions, on display at the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art that he made with frequent collaborator Robert Gerard Pietrusko. (Bobby’s a swell guy.)

Stewart’s also had work exhibited at places like the  Fondation Cartier in Paris, the SFMOMA in San Francisco, PopTech, and in publications such as Domus, Esquire, Print magazine and Creative Review. Not so long ago he was named a Young Gun by the Art Directors Club. But he doesn’t feel so young anymore. 


Prior to all that Stewart earned an MFA in graphic design from Yale University, taught a data visualization course at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and served as a research scholar at Columbia University’s Spacial Information Design Lab.

More recently he conducted a workshop for interaction design students at Switzerland’s ECAL, and he’s been collaborating with Harvard University’s MetaLab on various emerging projects. That’s a lot of video conferencing between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London. It inspired Stewart to make a chat room for drawing in: Chatttr. Maybe you’ll catch him there.

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