Graphic Design and Visual Communication at ECAL

Network among San Francisco’s design students and professionals and compare Swiss versus West Coast design education with leaders of ECAL/University of Art and Design in Lausanne.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 05, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


$10 advance purchase, free for students under 25 w/ ID, $15 at door

Hot on the heels of the Types We Can Make exhibition’s opening reception, swissnex San Francisco and ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne take a broader look at the school’s visual work with Vincent Jacquier and Angelo Benedetto, Heads of the Visual Communication and Graphic Design departments, respectively.

At swissnex, Jacquier and Benedetto touch on several fields of research and instruction at ECAL, including collaborations in the domain of graphic design and interaction design with corporate and technology partners, such as the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The evening promises the opportunity to compare West Coast and Swiss design education, as well as networking among San Francisco’s design professionals and students.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  event starts
7:10 pm  presentations by Vincent Jacquier and Angelo Benedetto
7:45 pm  Q&A
8:00 pm  reception and networking
9:30 pm  event ends


Angelo Benedetto

Angelo Benedetto was born in 1971 and is a graphic designer who lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. He shares his studio with David Rust and Gilles Gavillet (Optimo) and collaborated with them on several projects. Parallel to his work, he teaches at the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, where he acted as coordinator for the Visual Communication department starting in 2003. Since 2009, he has been in charge of the school’s Graphic Design department.


Vincent Jacquier

Vincent Jacquier is an interaction designer who lives and works in Lausanne. Right after graduating from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, he was appointed head of the institution’s Visual Communication Department. In parallel, he has created and maintained independent activity with major international players of the luxury industry, such as The Gucci Group. He has collaborated on different research projects using augmented reality technologies developed at EPFL and on a geolocation movie interface for Smartphones with ECAL’s R&D Laboratory.


Types We Can Make was originally organized by the MIT Museum, in collaboration with ECAL and swissnex Boston. The exhibition was curated by Francois Rappo and Pierre Keller, ECAL, guest curators for typography; Alexis Georgacopoulos, ECAL, exhibition designer; and Gary Van Zante, organizing curator for the MIT Museum.

The San Francisco exhibition is supported by ECAL and by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia.


Photo: Myleen Hollero