Congrats to our 2021 Graduates!

By September 7, 2021 News
Congrats to our 2021 MAS graduates!
Valentin Calame, André Andrade & Romain Talou

Based on a transdisciplinary approach, the Master of Advanced Studies in Design Research for Digital Innovation invites students to reflect on emerging technologies with a human-centered perspective. They explore their potential and develop unprecedented uses in collaboration with designers, engineers, architects and psychologists.

Future Heritage (Image: Daniela&Tonatiuh/EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Future Heritage by Romain Talou

Exploring DNA data storage of cultural archives for the generations to come

Future Heritage investigates tangible solutions for long-term, high-density information storage technologies. Working in the context of cultural heritage, the project has designed a proposition that allows institutions to keep their archives alive using DNA data storage for generations to come. Through a process of design research, the Future Heritage project explored how to make this synthetic DNA storage relevant for institutions today and far into the future. The resulting DNA storage object is designed to withstand environmental and societal changes over the next two thousand years. Using nano-engraving and a semiological approach, the object gives tangible hints and previews of the rich content that lies within it.

Poster World (Image: EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Poster World by André Andrade

Engaging the public with digitised heritage in museums

Poster World is a design research project led in collaboration with the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. Through the museum’s archives of posters, one of the most extensive and important in the world, the project proposes a new way of engaging the public with digitised heritage. The project led to the creation of an interactive installation that proposes automated associations of posters by combining metadata and artificial intelligence. Key visual features are isolated and graphically illustrated to make the associations explicit. The project opens perspectives on how to represent digitised heritage and how to engage the public.

Jean Starobinski. Critical Relationships (Image: EPFL+ECAL Lab/Swiss National Library)

Jean Starobinski. Critical Relationships by Valentin Calame

Opening curatorial perspectives for digital exhibitions

Jean Starobinski. Critical Relationships opens new perspectives for the curation of digitised literary artefacts. Initiated by the Swiss National Library, it is structured around an online exhibition based on the archive of Jean Starobinski, a prominent critic. Through this project, I explored how to take advantage of emerging technologies to create alternative experiences for the public. Around concepts such as the ‘Aura’ of digital artefacts, ‘Tangiality’ and adaptive spaces, I was able to define parameters to increase cognitive gain, visitor engagement and emotional connection with digitised objects. The knowledge generated by this first exhibition will serve as a model for future iterations.

Romain Collaud

Romain Collaud

Romain is an Art Director living in Fribourg, Switzerland. In 2013, he received a BA in visual communication from ECAL & in 2017, earned a MAS in design research for digital innovation from the EPFL+ECAL Lab.