Cream on Chrome is a socially-engaged experience design studio, founded by Jonas Althaus and Martina Huynh. By designing multimedia experiences and interactive spaces they explore new perspectives in the fields of economy, journalism, ecology and emerging technologies. Cream on Chrome works with and for academic and cultural institutions and regularly presents their work internationally.

We are currently open to internship applications for the period starting early 2022.




Education

2021 /6-7 - Summer Course in Political Economy, University of Amsterdam, NL (Martina)
2021 /2-4 - Masterclass on Urban Social Ecology, Independent School of the City, NL (Jonas)
2016-2018 - MA Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, NL (Jonas)
2013-2018 - BA Media & Communication (cum laude), Design Academy Eindhoven, NL (Martina)
2009-2014 - BA Product Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, DE (Jonas)
2012-2013 - Exchange Nagoya Zokei University, JP (Jonas)
2012-2013 - School of Design Basel, CH (Martina)


Awards & Grants

2021 - Award for Creative Technology (ACT STRP)
2020 - Nomination Swiss Design Awards - category 'Mediation'
2020 - Grant Digital Heritage x Public (Stimuleringsfonds)
2019 - Grant for Talent Development (Stimuleringsfonds)
2019 - Nomination Dutch Design Awards - category 'Design Research'
2019 - Grant BankGiro Loterij Fonds (Stichting DOEN)
2019 - Laureate of FORMAT19 (z33)
2018 - Nomination Social Design Talent Award
2013 - Winner NoYes Student Award Nagoya


Selected Exhibitions

2021 - Regionale 22, E-WERK Freiburg (DE)
2021 - Working and Living from Home, Seoul Design Festival (KR)
2021 - Plant Fever, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (CH)
2021 - Heimaten, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (DE)
2020 - Plant Fever, CID au Grand-hornu (BE)
2019 - Common Knowledge, BIO26 Design Biennale (SLO)
2019 - What a time to be alive, Dutch Design Week (NL)
2019 - Dutch Design Awards, Dutch Design Week (NL)
2019 - Basic Income Cafe, The Grey Space in the Middle (NL)
2019 - FORMAT19, z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture (BE)
2018 - G18 Graduation Show, Design Academy Eindhoven (NL)
2018 - Not for Sale, Salone del Mobile (IT)
2018 - State Machine, Crypto Design Exhibition (CYP)
2017 - Alternative Societies, Municipality Eindhoven (NL)
2016 - Touch Base, Salone del Mobile (IT)
2015 - Thinking Food Design, Paris Design Week (FR)


Notable Experiences

2021 - Co-curating experimental, online discussion format, STRP Festival (NL)
2020 - Guest teacher, Design Academy Eindhoven (NL)
2020 - Designing online event formats with Karaoke Discourse, MU Hybrid Art House (NL)
2020 - Presenting at Economia Conference, Baltan Laboratories (NL)
2020 - Researcher-in-residence, Fontys Hogeschool Journalistiek (NL)
2019 - Workshop & performance at Neuhaus Program, Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL)
2019 - Artist-in-residence, MONO Japan in Shimane (JP)
2019 - Presenting at MONO Japan, Shibaura House Tokyo (JP)
2019 - Presenting at Un/Green Open Fields Conference, RIXC Festival (LV)
2019 - Presenting at Communication, Media and Journalism Conference, Univ. of Sheffield (UK)
2019 - Presenting at Thing-Centered Design Course, TU Delft (NL)
2018 - Presenting at ThingsCon Conference (NL)
2018 - Organizing and moderating panel "Agency of the User", Dutch Design Week (NL)
2018 - Designing event "Popping the News Bubble" with Arvid&Marie, MU Hybrid Art House (NL)
2018 - Presenting at Antenna Conference, Dutch Design Week (NL)
2017 - Presenting at Agents of the Anthropocene Symposium, Piet Zwart Institute (NL)


Individual Work Experience

2021- now - Interaction Design teacher @ Fontys ArtCoDe, NL (Jonas)
2019-2020 - Guest tutor Social Design MA @ Design Academy Eindhoven, NL (Jonas)
2019      - Freelance design researcher @ Fontys Hogeschool Journalistiek, NL (Martina)
2016-2017 - Experience design intern @ Polymorf, NL (Martina)
2016      - Architectural designer @ Chezweitz GmBH, DE (Jonas)
2015      - Exhibition design intern @ Holzer Kobler Architekturen, CH (Jonas)
2015      - Interior architecture & scenography intern @ Ps. Planungsstudio, DE  (Jonas)


Selected Press & Publications

2021 - p | FRAME Magazine: What tools do we need for a work-from-home reality?
2021 - p | de lage landen: De verstrengeling tussen design en interactiviteit
2021 - p | ACED Designalism Podcast: Cream on Chrome
2021 - p | z33 Interview: Cream on Chrome designs an interactive coffeemaker
2021 - e | Becoming A News Explorer, Designing Journalism (Fontys)
2020 - e | Social Matter, Social Design: For Good Or Bad, All Design Is Social (valiz)
2020 - p | DAMN Magazine, Feeds and Reads
2019 - p | de Volkskrant, Drie Talenten op Dutch Design Week
2018 - p | Fast Company, This is the most interesting UI design of the year so far
2018 - p | de Volkskrant, Activistische, hoopvolle zoektocht van jongste ontwerpgeneratie
2018 - p | Dezeen, Design Academy Eindhoven students take over Milanese streets
2018 - p | Disegno, Milan Design Week
2017 - e | Immersive Narratives (Design Academy Eindhoven)

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