A super qualitative visualization
of my last twenty hybrid years.

matteo moretti portfolio visual journalism web motion design free university bolzano erazero

I define myself a hybrid designer, due to my interdisciplinary background that I tried to depict in the stream graph above.

Everything starts in 1997, my passion for computer programming brings me to study informatics at the high school and then, exhausted by the code and by the bug fixing,  I decided to give my education a radical shift and continue my studies in the design field. In 2005, after eight years of studies and works, I received a MA in Visual Communication at the Politecnico di Milano.

I like to code sometimes, I hate to code sometimes, it's part of my background and it's my interdisciplinary nature.

I mainly worked  for Erazero (2003 – 2010), a cross-media studio in Milan, partner of MTV Italy, where I developed many web and motion projects for clients such as Etro, Telecom Italia, Fida, La7 and of course MTV, initially as junior and then senior designer. Between 2007 and 2010 when I’ve been promoted to the Art Director role, I managed and directed the Erazero media division, for which I coordinated and developed the MTV European website “Play to stop” (now offline), the nationally broadcasted MTV billboards and the Etro Perfumes 2009 video presentation campaign.

Since 2006 my collaboration with Free University of Bozen Bolzano has started, initially  one day in a week, lecturing on “Generative design” and then “Interactive Media”, working as designer at Erazero as well.

In 2010 I decided to focus my career from the design production to the design research and experimentation, so  I moved my life from Milan to Bozen-Bolzano,  to work mainly as a lecturer at the Unibz and dedicate my time to design projects that I really care about.

Since 2013 I’ve been hired as researcher, this means that I teach my students “Interactive and Motion graphic” and I also research on “Visual Journalism”, an innovative way to inform a wider audience on complex phenomena in an engaging way, combining data visualization and visual storytelling. I still work as designer, and even my research is more design than academic oriented.

In fact, my last research project won the “Data Journalism Award 2015” as “Data visualization of the year” at the GEN Summit in Barcelona.

My last visual journalism project won the "Best data visualization of the year" prize at the Data journalism award 2015".

Part of my research is also through the work with students, a good way to exchange knowledge, culture and experiment new designs with them, so in 2012 I co-founded the research platform on visual journalism education, and Dramalab, the Unibz cross-faculty (Faculty of Design and Computer Science) physical computing lab.

Recently I decided to research more on the impact that social multimedia projects have on a local communities, so I started a PhD (Università di Trento) on “Social informatics” in order to improve my conceptual and academic skills. The first case study of my PhD investigation is my last research project People’s Republic of Bolzano (awarded with the Data Journalism Award 2015), an integrated multimedia storytelling project (A.Cairo), that combines a statistics-based investigation and a series of qualitative interviews, to invites citizens to discover who the members of the Chinese community living and working in the city are, what they think of Italy and of local culture and society,

Professional outline

2013–2016
Researcher at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

2013-now
Lecturer at SAE Institute Milan

2013–now
Web and motion designer professional

2010-2013
External Examiner at Middlesex London

2006–2013
Lecturer at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

2007–2010
Art Director at Erazero

2005–2007
Senior Designer at Erazero

2003–2005
Junior Designer at Erazero

Lectures, Conferences, Exhibitions, Awards

2015
Award GEN Summit, Barcelona, Data Journalism Award 2015 (People’s Republic of Bolzano)
Lecturer “Make media, make change” ESoDoc – European Social Documentary, Goldrain, Italy
Panelist “Make media, make change”, Sheffield docfest, UK
Jury member Hackathon Bolzano 2015, Bolzano, Italy

2014
Workshop “Play with data”, Elisava, Barcelona
Seminar “Story of the opening titles in cinema”, SAE Institute, Milan

2013
Speaker and Exhibition “Cornu Portraits”, XVI Generative Art Conference, Triennale, Milan
Workshop“On Visual journalism”, SISSA, Trieste, Italy
Workshop “Generative semantic typography”, Castrignano de’ Greci, Italy

2012
Workshop “A font in your pocket”, Free University of Bozen Bolzano

2011
Lecture “Design by Code”, German University of Cairo, Egypt
Exhibition “Spaghetti Vespa Typography”, Budapest Design Week, Hungary
Exhibition “Spaghetti Vespa Typography”, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
Workshop “Type in Motion”, Free University of Bozen, Italy

2010
Workshop “Algorithmic and analog ornament”, 6th Swiss Design Network, FH Nordwestschweiz in Basel, Swiss
Speaker “Digital. Material. Structural. Ornament Today.”, Free University of Bozen, Italy

2009
Lecture “An interactive designer”, Chulalongkorn University – Bangkok, Thailand

2008
Workshop “Stories from another world”, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

2005
Exhibition “HyperFly”, Hype Gallery Milan, Italy

2003
Exhibition “Typhogenic”, HIU9, Milan, Italy
Exhibition “Typhogenic”, Iceberg Exposition, Milan, Italy