The research group is coordinated by:
Giorgio Camuffo, graphic designer, since 2011 is Associate professor of Visual Communication at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano. Founder of Studio Camuffo (Venice), since many years he is engaged in promoting the culture of graphic design and visual communication, working for important clients cultural institutions. He has taught and has been a tutor at diverse universities. In 2006-2009 he has been the director of the master degree program in Visual and Multimedia Communication at the Iuav University of Venice. In 2004 he launched Teach me, a festival of visual communication, held yearly at the Iuav University of Venice until 2010. He has edited many publications focused on contemporary graphic design; among them Grafici italiani (1995), Communication What (2002), Red, Wine and Green (2004), Teach me, Please (2005), and the periodicals “Sugo. Undecided Writings” and “Venice is not sinking”.
He has organised and curated various exhibitions; among them, Pacific Wave, California Graphic Design (Venice, 1987), New Pop, Illustrazione Americana (Venice, Rome, Milan, 1994-1996) and David Carson (Venice, Rome, Milan, 1996-1997). He was the curator of Graphic Design Worlds, an exhibition devoted to contemporary graphic design held at the Triennale Design Museum in 2011, and co-editor of the accompanying publication Graphic Design Worlds /Words (Electa, 2011). In 2012 he co-curated the 5th edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan devoted to Italian graphic design (2012).
Maddalena Dalla Mura researches and writes about graphic design, design history and museum studies. Holding a degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage, in 2010 she received her PhD degree in Design Sciences from the University Iuav of Venice, with a thesis on design and museums. Since 2012 she is conducting research at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, investigating the relations of graphic design and designers with the exhibition context and the curatorial. Her publications include Graphic Design Worlds /Words (co-editor with Giorgio Camuffo, Electa 2011); Museum and Design Disciplines (co-editor with Matteo Ballarin, Iuav 2012); and the chapter “A Historiography of Italian Design” (with Carlo Vinti) in Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Berg 2013).
Alvise Mattozzi, Ph.D. in semiotics, after having taught for seven years Semiotics of Design at the Faculty of Design of the Iuav University of Venice, he is, since 2011, a research fellow in sociology of cultural and communicational processes at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). Since his Ph.D. thesis he has been working on the semiotics of objects within a close dialogue with Science and Technology Studies. He considers semiotics a descriptive methodology for the social sciences and his researches have especially turned around the issue related to how social sciences can account for the mediating role of objects.
Among other publications, he has edited three books that deal with these themes: Il senso degli oggetti tecnici [The meaning of technical objects] (Meltemi, 2006); (with D. Mangano) Il discorso del design. Pratiche di progetto e saper-fare semiotico [Design discourse. Design practices and semiotic know-how] (Nuova Cultura, 2009); and (with A. Burtscher, D. Lupo e P. Volonté) Biografie di oggetti | Storie di cose [Biographies of objects | Stories of things] (Bruno Mondadori, 2009) .