I work as a graphic designer at Atelier Dyakova in London and as an artistic associate and lecturer at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. I am a visiting lecturer at Kingston University in London.
After studying visual communication and graphic design at ECAL and the Royal College of Art, I earned a PhD in art history at the University of Bern. My dissertation analysed the Swiss Design Awards 2002 relaunch and its impact on the design scene. I contributed to and co-edited a volume of the recent publication Swiss Graphic Design Histories (2021), which offers new perspectives on the history of the discipline. My research focuses on recent Swiss graphic design history.
I am the co-organiser of Behind the Books, an exhibition and discussion of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in London, and the co-curator and moderator of the Weltformat Symposium, which takes place annually in Lucerne.
Research and writing
I earned a PhD in art history at the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities at the University of Bern. I am now working towards publishing my thesis, which I submitted under the title The Prize of Success: The Swiss Design Awards 2002 relaunch and the networks of promotion.
I worked as a research assistant and PhD candidate on the research project Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited (SGDTR) at the HKB. The project, which was funded by the SNSF, culminated in a four-volume open-access publication, Swiss Graphic Design Histories. I co-edited one of its volumes and contributed several chapters to the publication.
I have written articles for the Swiss Design Awards, RadDar, Progetto Grafico, Revue Diorama, Poster Tribune, Weltformat magazine and IDPURE. I have also written academic articles in peer-reviewed publications, which are listed on my ORCID record.
I currently work part-time for Atelier Dyakova as a designer and studio manager.
My studio clients include artists such as Amy Croft, the Demystification Committee, The Walking Reading Group and institutions such as ECAL, MACBA, Musées Cantonaux du Valais, RCA and the Whitstable Biennale.
I have been co-organising Behind the Books, an exhibition of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in London, with Mathias Clottu since 2019. We also organise a series of talks accompanying each year’s exhibition.
I work as a lecturer at ECAL. Since 2012, I have been teaching Critical History of Graphic Design to first year students on the BA Graphic Design. Since 2016, I also offer a Design/Research class to second year students. Finally I teach Graphic Design History to foundation and first year BA students across all disciplines since 2021.
I am a visiting lecturer on the Graphic Design BA at Kingston School of Art, where I teach the core curriculum.
I have previously taught, given workshops, talks or guest critiques at the following institutions:
Bern University of the Arts (HKB), MA Design
Bristol University, BA Graphic Design
ECAL, BA Graphic Design
Falmouth University, MA Graphic Design
HEAD Geneva, MA Fashion & Accessories Design
Kingston University, BA Graphic Design
Parallel School Lausanne
Royal College of Art, MA Visual Communication
SUPSI (Lugano), BA Graphic Design
University of the Arts London / Camberwell School of Art, MA Graphic Design Communication
Usine Kügler (Geneva)
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), MA Visual Communication