Christian Marc Schmidt

Founder/Principal
Schema Design

Christian Marc Schmidt is Principal and Founder of Schema, a research and design firm based in Seattle. Schema’s core focus is on the intersection of design thinking and data visualization. Clients range from companies such as Amgen, Bloomberg and Microsoft, to startups, universities and institutions. Christian’s experience spans the fields of information design, interaction design, and media installation. Prior to founding Schema in 2012, Christian was a senior designer at Microsoft, an associate partner at Pentagram, and an interaction designer at IDEO. At Pentagram, Christian was lead designer for the One Laptop per Child interface designed for children in developing countries. His work on this project is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Christian holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has received recognition from organizations such as D&AD, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and the Industrial Designers Society of America. Among other publications Christian’s writing has appeared in ARCADE Magazine, Net Works—Case Studies in Web Art and Web Design, and the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping. Christian has taught in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, the Visual Communication Design program at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts.