Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz is interested on the future of our cities and its relationship to media, design, data and cultural management. During his time at Stanford, his research has centered on data visualization, database management, open government, mapping techniques, design thinking, product design and business enterprise growth. He has especially fond memories of his daily commute between Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) and the many fascinating conversations it generated.
Q: How can we make city data more engaging?
A: By providing citizens with information that is timely, beautifully designed, and most importantly, useful for making day-to-day decisions. That’s what my project, Citymatter, aims to accomplish.
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For my JSK Fellowship at Stanford I decided to work on a topic that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember: the future of cities.
Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz was born on Jan. 1, and was the first Venezuelan baby born in 1982. At least that’s what his mother says. According to family mythology, journalists came to interview his mother at the hospital. He likes the idea that it only took him minutes to come into contact with the world of journalism.
He co-founded his first magazine — Plátanoverde — while he was still a student. Plátanoverde showcased emerging artists, journalists and writers, and evolved into a festival attracting 40,000+ people each year. He then co-founded Gopher Illustrated Magazine, where he is an editor and leads art direction. Along the way, he worked for magazines and newspapers and met his wife — a foreign correspondent in London. They moved to Austin, Texas, where they opened a design practice called In-House International.
Gutiérrez-Ruiz has found enormous joy straddling disciplines related to journalism and facing its specific challenges. He has received a Venezuelan National Book Award, a New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards World Medal, a TED Fellowship and TED Senior Fellowship, and his design work has been featured worldwide.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.