The success of Bellingcat

Founder Eliot Higgins about his open source investigation

21.10.2021  |  by Cato Verhoeven  |  Designalism

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat, an international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists that enhances investigative journalism. Their specialty lies in open source investigation and fact-checking. Bellingcat's goal is to expose the truth behind global news stories.

Bellingcat has staff in more than 20 countries around the world. They operate in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigations, transparency and accountability come together.

During the interview, Eliot talks about the role of the audience and the importance of Ballingcat's work. Watch the full video right here:

On June 9 2021, ACED organised Designalism: Design + Journalism, a live talk show about the intersection of design and journalism. Watch the full show on our YouTube channel. This evening was in collaboration with Beeld en Geluid Den Haag.


Anouk Slingerland

Event Producer

Augustina Lavickaite

Intern Design

Cato Verhoeven

Intern Journalism

Eliot Higgins

Guest Speaker

IJsbrand van Veelen


Jasper Schelling

Head of Technologies

Mateo Broillet

Graphic Design

Noortje van Eekelen

Creative Director