Michele Graffieti

Product and Information designer

New York, NY, USA
I attended my final year of the Master Degree in Communication Design at the Politecnico di Milano university. Now I’m part of the DensityDesign Lab team in Milan, a research and teaching program of the Politecnico where, besides collaborating in many info-visualization projects, I’m having the opportunity of writing my thesis about the role of storytelling in information visualization developed through a qualitative design approach.
I’ve got a freelance firm, Graphieti Design, by which I produce graphics, illustrations, websites, set designs for theatre and videos. Moreover, it's been two years now I’m working as a designer and website developer at whiterabbitwaslost.com, a creative duo of which I’m a co-founder.
Following my passion, I’ve attended a three-year-acting-school and since 2005 I’m a senior member in a theatre company (L’AltroTeatro) for which I’m also designing the brand identity and the communication system.
Since 2008 I’m a councilman in my local council.

Work Experience

DensityDesign Lab - Politecnico Di Milano, INDACO Department

Information designer

The Map of the Future
published by Wired Magazine (Italian edition, #7 Semptember 2009)

role: concept developer, illustration artist

NetAtWork: the New Socialism
published by Wired Magazine (Italian edition, #15 May 2010)

role: concept developer, data management, illustration artist

DensityDesign for TEDx
client: TEDx Lake Como

role: concept developer, illustration artist, animation, title designer

client: Linneo

role: graphic design, illustration artist, animation, content management

client: Iridescent (Urban School Needs - Los Angeles)

invited project at ‘L’Italia degli Innovatori’ EXPO 2010, Shangai (July 2010)

role: concept interface designer

September 2008 - Italy

CityMurmur Project

Senior designer and creative direction

CityMurmur is a project developed in Madrid, MediaLAB Prado (Visualizar ’08) on November 2008
. Field of interests: information visualization, web design, interactive features, new cartography.

Conferences & exhibitions:

SIGGRAPH 2009 Conference / New Orleans, Louisiana USA (August 3-7, 2009)

invited project in the Emerging Technologies gallery

VirginiaTech Educate 09 Conference / Richmond, Virginia USA (October 2009)

invited project at Innovate 2009

Innovation Circus 2009 / Milan, Italy (October 11, 2009)

invited project at MIP - Milano in Progress

100 Anni di Cartografia in Italia / Milan, Italy (February 27 - March 27, 2010)
November 2008 - Milan, Madrid, Paris, New Orleans,

Corriere Della Sera, RCS Editore

Web and info-visualization designer

Fields of interests: information visualization, web design, interactive features, code development.

Relevant project developed:

2008 USA Presidential Election Map
published on corriere.it (October/November 2008)

role: illustration artist, animation, code developer (actionscript 2.0, XML)
April 2008 - October 2008 Milan, via Solferino,

L’AltroTeatro - Cultural Association L’AltroTeatro

Actor + Graphic designer + Set designer

I'm working as art director for graphic design and i'm an actor of the theater company.
September 2005 - Domodossola, VB, Italy


Politecnico Di Milano - Faculty Of Design

Second level Degree in Communication Design

Competences: designing complex communication artefacts and system, co-ordination and management of communicative processes.
October 2006 - Milan, Italy

Politecnico Di Milano - Faculty Of Design

First level Degree in Communication Design

Competences: designing communication artefacts.
Final grade: 110L/110
October 2003 - July 2006 Milan, Italy

Liceo Scientifico G. Spezia

Scientific secondary school Diploma

Competences: basis of humanities (philosophy, arts, literature, latin and history); focusing on sciences (biology, physics, math, chemistry, organic chemistry, technical drawing)
Final grade: 95/100
September 1998 - July 2003 Domodossola, VB, Italy



Wolda / Worldwide Logo Design Annual winner '08


Didactic activities

Employer: POLI.design, Consortium of Politecnico di Milano
Role: Teacher at ‘Master in Strategic Design’

Introductive course (16 h) to the softwares: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

10.2007 / 03.2008
Politecnico di Milano, Design Faculty

Role: Teaching assistant to ‘C.I. Laboratorio di Sintesi Finale (sez. C2)’
alongside Prof. Gianfranco Torri

Additional Information

Drive license:
Italian drive license (typology B) achieved on 24th April 2002