ECAL Graphic Design

A retrospective of cutting edge work from the influential Swiss design school’s workshops.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


June 16, 2017 12:00 pm - August 26, 2017 4:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



The Swiss University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) has long been recognized as a reference for the world for graphic design. From books, catalogues, magazines and posters, typography to digital projects, ECAL students embrace this discipline. Their success is based on the school’s workshop model, which brings the best Swiss and international graphic designers to its campus.

ECAL has welcomed leading figures such as Ludovic Balland, Bibliothèque, Mirko Borsche, Thomas Buxo, Veronica Ditting, Europa, Johann Kauth, Jürg Lehni, Ari Marcopoulos, Maximage, Young Na Kim, NORM, OK-RM, Brian Roettinger, Hansje van Halem, Cornel Windlin and Job Wouters aka Letman.

“ECAL Graphic Design” at swissnex San Francisco is an exhibition realized by Adrien Rovero, presenting projects created by Bachelor Graphic Design and Master Art Direction students from the past five years in the context of these visits. A corresponding book, ECAL Graphic Design, was designed by the studio Gavillet & Rust. This has been shown at Gallery l’elac (Lausanne), D’Days (Paris), Beijing Design Week, West Bund Art and Design Fair (Shanghai), Hong Kong Design Institute and Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein).

About ECAL

Enjoying international renown and featuring regularly among the world’s top ten universities of art and design, ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) is directed by Alexis Georgacopoulos. The school offers six Bachelor programs (Fine Arts, Cinema, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Media & Interaction Design, Photography), five Master programs (Fine Arts, Film, Photography, Product Design, Type Design) and two Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship and in Design Research for Digital Innovation (with EPFL+ECAL Lab). ECAL also offers a one-year Foundation Course to prepare students for entrance to the different Bachelor’s programs.

Instagram contest

Get a closer look at Swiss Design at our ECAL Graphic Design exhibition. Then share your photos on Instagram and/or Twitter and tag #ECAL #Graphic #Design to win a signed copy of the exhibition book. More information 

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June 15: Opening Night: ECAL Graphic Design
June 16:
Designing for Work: A conversation with Barber & Osgerby
June 21: Open Studio: A Living Lab for Collaboration

Photo: Philppe Fragniere for the “ECAL Graphic Design” book, courtesy of ECAL. 

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