Types We Can Make: Opening Reception

Curator and master typographer François Rappo and Alexis Georgacopoulos director of the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne provide insights into the exhibition.

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


May 04, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Curated by master typographer François Rappo and former ECAL director, Pierre Keller, Types We Can Make presents a selection of new typography works from Switzerland, where type design has had the status of a high art for generations. Young Swiss designers today confront this long tradition with irreverence, humor, and boldly creative strokes using digital and traditional design tools. Types We Can Make is all about the confrontation between this contemporary approach and the classics.

Types We Can Make reflects in detail the design methodologies taught at ECAL and highlights some of the external collaborations that made the school into one of the world’s best art and design institutes. The exhibition design was done by Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director, and it showcases the work of both students and teachers at the school and the intense exchange that takes place between them.

Some of the most prominent recent graduates of ECAL’s graphic design program have their font designs represented: Nicolas Eigenheer, Phillippe Desarzens, Matthieu Cortat, Emmanuel Rey, Jeremy Schorderet, Ian Party, and many others. Types We Can Make extends beyond the typefaces themselves to show their use in a variety of formats: editions of the art magazine Sang Bleu, logos designed for rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, artist monographs for Die Gestalten and JRP Ringier, art direction and poster design by the likes of Körner Union or Tatiana Rihs, not to mention digital scripting projects for interactive design.

On this occasion François Rappo will be giving a special talk to present the student works followed by a presentation of the ECAL given by Alexis Georgacopoulos.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  welcome
7:10 pm  presentations by Alexis Georgacopoulos and François Rappo
7:45 pm  discussion and Q&A
8:00 pm  reception and networking
9:30 pm  doors close


Alexis Georgacopoulos

Born in 1976 in Athens, Alexis Georgacopoulos obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial design at the University of Art & Design Lausanne (ECAL) in 1999. In 2000, he became the youngest department head in Switzerland when he took the reins of the industrial design department while at the same time following his own professional career.
He showed his talent and organizational ability by attracting the most coveted designers to Lausanne, by initiating the participation of the department in major international fairs (Milan furniture fair, imm Cologne, ICFF New York), by setting important international exhibitions (Milking Stool, Conductor’s Baton, The Festive Kitchen), and by active collaboration with major production companies (Nestlé, Nespresso, SWISS, B&B Italia, Serralunga, Ligne Roset, Coca-Cola Atlanta, Boffi, Swarovski, Christofle). He has been ECAL’s Director since July 2011.


François Rappo

François Rappo lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a graphic designer, typographer, and type designer. In addition to his design work, he teaches at the University of Art & Design Lausanne (ECAL).







Photo: Myleen Hollero

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