Michael Brenner

Design Director

  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsDesign Director - Data Visualiser - UI Designer

About me

Michael Brenner is a designer and educator. He currently works at Beyond Words a studio focused on creating narratives with data. Beyond Words combines journalism, research, design and technology to create compelling pieces to bring clarity to content and engage with an audience to create empathy. His approach to design employs a holistic process heavily based in design thinking and research.


  • Design
  • Big Data
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Analytical Thinker
  • Creaative Thinking
  • Graphic Deaign
  • Data Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Trouble Shooter

Work history


Design Director

Beyond Words Studio

Jan 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Beyond Words Studio combines journalism, research, design and technology. We’re unified by one goal: to turn complex data into compelling human stories helping everyone better understand the world we live in. Our groundbreaking visualizations use data to inform, engage and surprise.



Willem de Kooning Academy

Jan 2011 - Jan 2015
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Freelance
  • Content — Content development and distribution over four subjects for three classes. — Re-evaluating the first two quarters for clarity and cohesion — Curating guest lectures, teachers and workshops — Connecting aspects of assignments with appropriate tools and techniques with in the schools workshops. — Coordinating external field work and assignments. — Continually assessing how to engage with the students more effectively to ensure a fluid exchange of knowledge. Administrative — Coordinating teachers and schedules, student assessments, budgetary and lesson planning hours. — Identifying and correcting with the course director where we can be more efficient and effective. — Communication between administrative staff and students.



Content Context

Jan 2009 - Jan 2015
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Full Time
  • We are Content Context a design studio and network of creative professionals. We create tools and experiences that amplify voices, messages and ideas. We practice design with a holistic approach that is research driven, which aims to clarify, surprise, engage and inform to provide understanding. Above all design is a question of interaction and relationships. We are always searching for new uncharted territories to bring our expertise to. Working with Content Context is about people working together to connect the dots.


Senior Digital Designer

MGMT. Design

Jan 2007 - Jan 2010
  • New York, United States
  • Full Time
  • MGMT. is a collaborative design studio based in Brooklyn. We approach all projects with substantive research and a conceptual rigor that is an integral part of our process. What we like most is taking complex information and translating it into visually effective and intelligent design solutions. Along the way, our studio has learned about topics as diverse as rotational grazing, global special-ops, and the optimal temperature to grow collard greens. And despite our affection for the internet, we still believe books are for reading and love creating objects that are tactile and real.



Tsang Seymour Design

Jan 2005 - Jan 2007
  • New York, United States
  • Full Time
  • Tsang Seymour is an independent creative agency founded in 1993 by Catarina Tsang and Patrick Seymour, merging their backgrounds in architecture and graphic design. For 20 years, we have focused our practice around the belief that successful and enduring solutions are made when knowledge and creative thinking are shared in an open and collaborative exchange with our clients. Our agency’s long list of extended client relationships reflects our commitment to excellence in service achieved through thoughtful listening, professional intelligence, responsiveness and creative, effective results. Tsang Seymour leverages design thinking to create user-centered experiences. Frequently bridging the disciplines of curation, education, publishing, communications, marketing, and branding, we seek to distill a clear narrative for the purpose of creating an emotional bond with the audience. These experiences transcend the noise of traditional advertising and promotional messages and are often integrated and expressed in the form of websites, exhibitions, identity programs, architectural signage, communications collateral, film, books, and residential architecture.



Winter House Studio

Jan 2004 - Jan 2005
  • Falls Village, Canaan, CT 06031, USA
  • Full Time
  • The cooperative efforts of Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel, Winterhouse is a design studio, institute, publisher and foundation rolled into one. Their work takes them in many different directions and they have been very successful in most, if not all, of them. Both Helfand and Drenttel claim the title of graphic designer, among other things, Drenttel is a publisher and Helfand a Writer. The work that comes from the design studio facet of their organization includes website, book, poster, editorial and identity design. In 2003 they established Design Observer, which was a wildly popular online resource for design writings, opinions and discussions. They have published many materials under their publishing guise of Winterhouse Editions and been involved in a host of other projects including a poetry foundation, a network of organizations who are trying to expand the educational opportunities in their own countries called Teach For All, and personal photography projects . Their wide range of work keeps them very active within the design, art and architecture circles and they are constantly giving lectures about their work at a variety of different gatherings and conferences.