HEAD / Media Design

Prof. Nicolas Nova

Co-Head of the I&IC design research.

Nicolas Nova is Professor at the Geneva University of Arts and Design (HEAD – Geneva) and founder of the Near Future Laboratory, a design studio based in Europe and California. His work is about identifying weak signals as well as exploring people’s needs, motivations and contexts to map new design opportunities and chart potential futures.

Nicolas has given talks and exhibited his work on the intersections of design, technology and the near-future possibilities for new social-technical interaction rituals in venues such SXSW, AAS, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and the design week in Milano, the Institute for the Future, the MIT Medialab.

He holds a Phd in Human-Computer Interaction from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and was previously a visiting researcher at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA). He is also curatot for Lift Conference, a series of international events about digital culture and innovation.


Contact: nicolas[dot]nova[at]hesge[dot]ch


Anaïs Bloch (Assistant, 2016-17)

Anaïs Bloch is a Swiss designer and researcher. She holds an Undergraduate degree in Product Design (ECAL / University of Art & Design, Lausanne) and a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology (University College London). Her main research investigates how people interact and engage with built forms and the digital world. It also examines how culture, goods and design affect people and practices.

She is a founding member of Cleaning up after Gropius – a collective exploring the blurred boundaries between anthropological research methods, art and design. She is also part of The studio of material life – a space for collaborative work in anthropology.

Fur further information, visit anaisbloch.ch


Charles Chalas (Assistant, 2014-15)

Coming from a graphic design background, Charles has attended the Gobelins school in Paris for a degree in multimedia conception focusing on user centered services and interaction design. He recently graduated with a masters degree in media design from the Geneva university of arts and design.

His personal work is currently centered around the interactions between humans and the internet as a complex digital, physical and informational system.