Hi! My name is Romain. I’m a 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 research lab where I confront my point of view with engineers & psychologists.

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Vargas tells a tragedy initiated by a landslide in 1999 in Venezuela.

The chapters of this book begin by being organised, but then start to subtly disintegrate into chaos. Here, the concept is to induce a more symbolic perception of the information for the reader. The central part follows on colored paper; a register containing the names of the 29,000 victims. The bare binding reveals a color on the spine of the book, which when placed in the collection of major disasters, shows which ones were the most catastrophic. The final part of the book deals with the reconstruction of the country. Data elements are organised hierarchically at first, then replaced according to the rules of the book. The object is made of books of different sizes, as if it itself had been subject to landslides. As for the title, it is mysterious. To dig a little bit deeper, the reader must detach the bottom part of the cover to reveal the official announcement of the disaster.



Edition, ECAL 2012:
18 × 24 cm, hardcover, 256 pages.

Vargas