Under the name Capada, Danielle Arets (1977) works as a journalist, moderator and design researcher. Her focus lies in design, public space and public engagement.
After her studies in Visual Philosophy (Universiteit Maastricht) and Media Science (Aarhus Universiteit), Danielle worked as a science editor for a Public Broadcasting Corporation and for various debate centres. She initiated in collaboration with Felix Meritis, Lemniscaat & VPRO The Globalization Series, she developed the Volkskrant Knowledge Cafe and is at the foundation of the Association of Dutch Debate Centers.
From the deep conviction that next to academic knowledge, we also need creative research in order to gain new insights, she moved to Utrechts School of the Arts (HKU) where she was a strategic programme manager. There she developed crossover programmes between knowledge, creativity and the industry.
In 2005, Danielle started Bureau Capada, named after Capa; photojournalist, journalist, visual storyteller, creative entrepreneur (founder of the Magnum agency), bon vivant & enfant terrible.
Danielle combines her freelance practice with a position as an Associate Lector at Design Academy Eindhoven. As design researcher, she focuses (in cooperation with the VPRO lab) on new narrative formats (Crafting Narratives) which make use of emerging technologies (www.designjournalism.nl). In collaboration with Mike Thomspon and Isabelle Makay she teachers the design research minor Radical Ecologies where the students develop a political design (design for debate), on its own a means of research.