Michele Graffieti

Product and Information designer

New York, NY, USA
I am a NYC-based freelance designer working at the intersection of information and product design. My areas of expertise include UX/UI, Information Design, Data Visualization, Graphic Design and Film Theory.
I'm the Design Lead for Espresso Messenger, a startup project I co-founded in 2015 in New York City. Among others, my work has been honored in several exhibitions around the world such as SIGGRAPH 2009, Expo Milano 2015, Italia150, Maker Faire Europe, and featured in publications such as Domus, Wired, Information Graphics (Taschen), Data Flow 2 (Gestalten), Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), The Outpost and Visual Complexity (Princeton Architectural Press).
I hold a M.Sc. in Communication Design from the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) where I have been a researcher for 4 years and one of the founding members of DensityDesign. Set in between Design and Humanities, my research focused on the formalization of a new approach to the visualization of phenomena, namely the heterogeneous whole of stories, events, connections, places, processes of evolution and characters that creates the persistent context through which we understand data and information. Following several lectures and academic presentations, on 2011 I was invited to Stanford University as international visitor, to contribute at the project Mapping the Republic of Letters.
Besides visual arts and cinema, my interests span from technology to sensory ethnography and food culture. Focusing on innovation and being in an interdisciplinary environment is what drives me the most in my daily life.

Fun Facts.
I once was an actor. Starting 2004 I attended a 3-year acting course and for 9 years I have been a member of a local theatre company for which I also became art director.
In the middle of all that, at the age of 24 I was elected councilman in my hometown and I served as such for 4 years. I have never felt more unfit.

Work Experience

Espresso Messenger

Lead Designer

June 2015 - March 2017 New York, New York, United States

DensityDesign Lab

Undergraduate Researcher

December 2007 - September 2011 Milan, Italy

CityMurmur Project

Creative/Art Director

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 -

Corriere Della Sera

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


Politecnico Di Milano

M.Sc. in Communication Design

Competences: designing complex communication artefacts and systems, co-ordination and management of communicative processes.
Final grade: 110/110
October 2006 - July 2011 Milan, Italy

Politecnico Di Milano

Bachelor Degree in Communication Design

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


English (Fluent),
Italian (Native),
French (Beginner),


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