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In my work, I combine scientific knowledge with artistic means to reach to different audiences. I am passionate about creating tangible experiences that inspire thought and action. Over the last ten years, my approach has proven to improve communication, connection and comfort. I offer services for clients and collaborators in various sectors, such as science, education, business, culture, and health.

My last name is Draxl, my artistic name is Dax.

I hold a MSc in the Psychology of Social Relations (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) and a BA in Media and Culture (Design Academy Eindhoven, NL). Both designers and psychologists improve quality of life. I have examined body image, gender identity, and diversity.

Current projects focus on visual perception, visual disability, and mental health. My analytical and conceptual approach has produced significant differences, surprising twists and meaningful benefits for a variety of stakeholders.

I bring more than 10 years of work experience at the intersection of science, industry and society. In addition to my self-employment since 2016, I have worked for Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW (ICDP), School of Applied Psychology FHNW (IFK), FOND Design, Henkel & Cie. AG, Waag (Futurelab for technology and society), Creative Industries Scientific Programme (CRISP), Institute for Sociocultural Community Development (HSLU).

Also, I am a board member of the association COMPASS and Assistant to Chair of Standing Committee on Research HGK. Previously, I was a member of the Ethics Review Board APS.

With interdisciplinary consultancy, I have supported clients’ processes (e.g., Studio Flux, female creatives, SDN Academic Taskforce), concepts (e.g., Swiss Post, Restaurant C for Celcius, Mareunrol’s), and outcomes (e.g., terre des hommes, Wildwuchs Festival, Baltan Laboratories). I was a guest lecturer (Fontys University of Applied Sciences), student supervisor (University of Basel, Gerrit Rietveld Academie) and guest reviewer (Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW).

I have developed and moderated workshops for scientific conferences (e.g., Art of Management and Organizations), organisations (e.g., Filmhuis Den Haag) and educational institutions (e.g., Delft University of Technology). Also, I have organised an interdisciplinary symposium (Cultureel Centrum 't Fijnhout) and have moderated round tables (e.g., Stadtkino Basel) and hybrid events (e.g., metaLAB Basel).

My work has been internationally exhibited (e.g., Dutch Design Week, Filmtheater Kriterion, Fashionclash, TranScreen, Salone del Mobile Milano, Bunt! Basel divers, Jerusalem Design Week). My projects have been published in books, magazines, tv, and newspapers (e.g., Het Parool, Swiss Center For Social Research, Galileo, Elle Singapore, Dezeen).

I was invited as a speaker to conferences (e.g., Internationale Tagung Soziale Arbeit und Stadtentwicklung, Art of Management and Organisations), public events (Theater Basel, University of Basel, Mediamatics, Fuckup Nights) and round tables (Amsterdam Museum, Wildwuchs Festival).

I have received more than 15 grants, nominations and prices for my work (over CHF 100’000) to explore changes of comfort level with psychology and design. These include:

  • 2023 FameLab, winner in semifinals Basel, Price
  • 2022 Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst BS/BL, Grant for project
  • 2022 Team 93 - Die Optikergenossenschaft, Grant for project
  • 2020 Abteilung Kultur Basel-Stadt, Grant for workshop
  • 2020 Anonymous sponsor in health care, Grant for project
  • 2020 Lehmhuus AG, Grant for workshop
  • 2017 Bob Angelo Fonds (COC Nederland), Grant for symposium
  • 2017 Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), Grant for project
  • 2016 The Next Economy (The Hague University of Applied Sciences), Grant for project
  • 2015 Dezeen, most read and most commented article, Nomination
  • 2015 Rijnja Repro, Grant for exhibition
  • 2015 Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsdeel West, Grant for exhibition
  • 2015 Swiss Post, 2nd place for project, Price
  • 2014 WOW Amsterdam, one-year Artist in Residence, Fellowship, Fellowship
  • 2008 Pane Amore e Fantasia, 2nd place for writing, Price
  • 2006 Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basel), 3rd place for design, Price

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