Research and writing
I completed 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 with several articles across 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. See my Google Scholar page for a bibliography.
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 co-organised Behind the Books, an exhibition of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in London, with Mathias Clottu between 2019–2021. We also organised a series of talks accompanying each year’s exhibition.
I am a lecturer at ECAL where I teach on the Graphic Design BA and on the foundation course. Since 2012, I have been teaching Critical History of Graphic Design to first year students. Since 2016, I also offer a Design/Research class to second year BA students. Finally, since 2021, I teach Graphic Design History to foundation and first year students across all disciplines.
I work as a visiting lecturer at HEAD Geneva, where I supervise dissertations on the MA Fashion & Accessories Design. Finally, I am a visiting lecturer on the Graphic Design BA at Kingston School of Art, where I deliver 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
Camberwell School of Art, University of the Arts London, MA Graphic Design Communication
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
Usine Kügler (Geneva)
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), MA Visual Communication