Arlene Birt | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Arlene Birt

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Associate Professor
MDes, Design Academy Eindhoven
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Arlene Birt is an infodesigner, visual storyteller, public artist, and educator. She runs Background Stories, an infodesign consultancy that translates complex ideas, systems, and metrics into clear visuals to help people (especially non-experts) understand sustainability. 

Her work visually explains the stories behind products and places, incorporating behavioral psychology to help individuals connect emotionally to seemingly distant environmental topics.

Birt is invited to speak internationally and works with organizations in the U.S., E.U., and U.K. Her work and public art—which rides the line between art and communication—has been featured in numerous publications.