Linked by Air began as the partnership of Tamara Maletic and Dan Michaelson in 2005. Located in New York, our studio specializes in the production of public spaces and other networked structures, both online and in the world. Our approach is practical and hands on. Through in-house programming and an emphasis on collaboration and iteration, we are able to approach design and technology as intertwined inventive processes. Our studio is experienced in several media, including print, online, mobile, exhibitions, and installations in the environment. We often undertake complex projects, including leading projects that require the integration of multiple parties, vendors, technologies, and back-end business processes. Our ability to do this while still innovating at the surface of visual and interaction design is unique. Both internal functionality and external look and feel are highly bespoke fits for each client. But many of our projects are also simple, including printed matter that reflects our attitudes toward the contemporary world. Our work often understands design as the catalyst or starting condition for projects that grow and evolve over time. This approach has two common side effects. First, some of our work invites participation, whether by end users, or through the involvement of multiple stakeholders and constituents in project planning. Second, our work frequently stewards the growth of institutions and their broader digital goals, in tandem with the central projects we develop. In this way, our work products and ongoing relationships build durable, substantive brands from the bottom up.
Linked by Air is the recipient of the Charles Nypels grant for research on embedded digital sign systems, in residence at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Some of our projects have been awarded AIGA 365 awards in the United States. We are the recipient of the Jury Prize at the Brno Graphic Design Biennial 2012.
Linked by Air lectures often at schools and corporations. Each of our staff hold faculty appointments, at Parsons/The New School for Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University. Our work and writing has been published nationally and internationally.