Using innovative visual means, the pilot study Bodeneigenschaften und Bodenqualität visualisieren (Visualisation of soil properties and soil quality) is promoting communication between experts and laypeople for the Soil Competence Centre.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Additional schools School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute Institute of Design Research
  • Research unit Environmental Communication Design
    Knowledge Visualization
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration (planned) 01.08.2019 - 30.09.2020
  • Project management Arne Scheuermann
  • Head of project Prof. Jimmy Schmid
  • Project staff Nicolo Bernasconi
    Michael Flückiger
    Lucie Greiner
    Dr. Armin Keller
  • Partner BFH HAFL
    Kompetenzzentrum Boden
    Nationale Bodenbeobachtung

Course of action

To this end, the Institute of Design Research of the Bern University of the Arts HKB is working closely with those who have commissioned this study. The study itself is divided into four stages: 1) Analysing successful models and comparing their requirements; 2) Prototype development; 3) Test usage and interviewing representatives of potential target groups; and finally, 4) reworking and finalising the prototypes once they have been evaluated.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 2: Zero hunger
  • 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • 15: Life on land