Hi! My name is Romain. I’m Art Director & Senior UI/UX Designer living in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2013, I received a BA in visual communication from ECAL & in 2017, I earned a MAS in design research for digital innovation from the EPFL+ECAL Lab.

I believe that design should be intuitive & revolve around the user. To strengthen this, I learned inclusive design methodologies at the RCA & honed my skills in icon design at the University of Bournemouth. For the latter, I manipulated icons’ aesthetics to evaluate their effect on perceived usability. Many of my projects deal with notions of big data, data visualization & search algorithms. These play a large role in my research work, where I explore navigation principles & aggregation of content in mass information environments. Currently, I’m working on a major social network system for elderly people.

I am methodical, logical, detail-oriented & a bit of a perfectionist. For my BA thesis, I explored the omnipresence of the grid in our daily visual landscapes. After that, I worked as a graphic designer at ECAL for its communication platform as well as a freelancer for other organisations. I also co-founded a workshop that specializes in graphic design for unique mediums as well as a design collective for conceptual ideas. Today, I work in a design research lab where I confront my point of view with engineers & psychologists.








STAU is an interactive keychain that follows you everywhere, so simple that it won’t disturb you when driving or working, that would inform, alert & entertain you while prevent you from being stuck in traffic jam.

STAU takes traffic data of your daily route (ex. Google) and keeps only the essential information displaying colored dots around your daily steps. Your position is constantly updated by a self-moving disc emphasizing upcoming events and letting your friends or colleagues know of your progress. By dragging your position disc, the keychain indicates upcoming events: by pressing it, you can signal special issues (ex. car crash) to other drivers using the service. With only one click, it informs people of your delay by sending pre-written SMS or notifications or even voice messages. Thanks to your collected data & live traffic updates, the system can guess the best departure time or warn against premature departures and indicates when it’s the best time to leave! STAU – stressless auxiliary – won’t let you alone, stressed, in a traffic jam.

EPFL+ECAL Lab 2016.