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 currently lead the redesign of a documentary film platform that encourages viewers to take concrete action steps on social issues. Most recently I was part of the team responsible for the design bible that guides the graphics in the first season of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: combining motion gfx and interactive, my focus in this non-traditional project was on data visualization which the show does heavy use of. Formerly, I was Head of Design at CompIQ, a compensation benchmarking tool to help firms comply to new pay-equity legislations, and before that I was 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.
I once was an actor. Starting 2004 I attended a 3-year acting school 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.