This Visual Diary is an online “magazine” founded and edited by Chiara Rubessi. This magazine explores the different fields of investigation of design and reveals affinities and relationships through a point of view that starts from the practice of design to arrive at its in-depth analysis. Evolving its format over the years, the visual diary has become a platform for speculation and discussion for my work as a researcher and designer. Opened in 2010 as an immaterial repository, the visual diary broadened its content and is currently configured as a visual space in the design.

Well… how did I get here?

In 2016 Chiara Rubessi received a PhD in Arts & Humanities from UGA University Grenoble Alpes, France (thesis title Scénographie et esthétique: étude sur la conception de l’espace cinématographique supervisor Prof. Didier Coureau).

She is an associate researcher at the University of Grenoble/Lab. Cinesthea and the University of Bucharest, CEREFREA Villa Noël. She works as a research designer and teacher. Since 2023 she has been co-founder of a platform on research in Exhibition Design OneExhibit

She obtained her Master’s Degree [1] (Laurea Lettere Moderne, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia) from the University of Pavia in Cinema Studies and a further Master’s Specializing in Exhibition Design (2009) from the Politecnico di Milano.

She was a teacher at the POLI. design Milano, ISIA Design Florence, ISIA Design Rome, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, Politecnico di Milano, IED-Istituto Europeo di Design-Firenze, Université de Lorraine-IECA-Nancy, ESDAC-Ecole de design-Aix-en-Provence, Università Ca’ Foscari-Venezia and Università Telematica eCampus-Novedrate.

Her research focuses primarily on the design (from physical to digital space) within the context of urban, industrial, cultural, and communication projects. The aim is to comprehend the aesthetic dimension, forms of narration, and usage, with a particular interest in studying the social dimension of techno-scientific phenomena.

She organized a conference titled “Dea-Design d’espace/Allestimento/Exhibition design: Méthodes, Enjeux, Glissements conceptuels” in Paris from June 13 to 15, 2019, at Université Paris 8, ENSA Paris-Malaquais. Additionally, she has collaborated as a designer with the Department of Architecture Design (DPA) of the Milan Polytechnic and IDEA, the Italian Association of Exhibition Designers. Among other initiatives, she served as the designer for the Edward Hopper art exhibition at the Museo della Fondazione Roma in 2010. She was the editor of the Italian online magazine of philosophy (finished in 2013) and a web platform for Interior Studies (2009-2010).

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[1] Majors: History of Modern Art, History of Contemporary Art, History and Criticism of Cinema, Theatre History (History of Greek and Latin Theater), Aesthetics, Italian Literature. Minors:  History of Philosophy, Romance Philology, History of the Italian Language, Medieval History, Contemporary History, Latin Literature, Geography, Pedagogy, Social Psychology, Archival  Studies, Bibliography.