Thomas Otto

Thomas Otto

Thomas Otto

He / Him

Data-centric Designer

Thomas Otto is a seasoned designer working at the intersection of User Experience, Design Research and Business for over 12 years. Working with creative, tech and business teams regarding data and design research from enterprise environments to start-ups and international innovation firms. Evolving from his master thesis about »Human Data as material in the design process« 2016, he put his focus on the relations and interaction between people, data and the systems they use. At IBM he led and supported teams to create the first algorithmic systems for the public and automotive clients by creating a collaborating environment between data, engineering and UX teams. Changing from the consultancy side to in-house teams, Thomas now supports start-ups building data ecosystems, automated systems.


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Oct 5th –


Data strategy to action


Data is already an integral part of people’s lives and the base for many products and services. However, many people working on the process of creating these services/products are still very disconnected from the topic data. The goal of the class is to help people in the design process to make informed decisions, create space for discussion and visualize the impact of their work. To navigate, communicate, and act with the material (human) data to create impact for business and people.

What will you learn?


A strategy to approach data topics


Language for collaboration with stakeholders


Driving impact with data for business without exploiting people

Who is it for?

Experienced designers and design leads who want to drive impact for their business and people by using data as material.

Hatch Conference

Hatch Conference



An invite-only event for seniors, leads and managers in the UX, UXR and Product Design fields. Limited spots.

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