The Junior Design Research Conference (JRC) is an annual event that brings together MA students who follow a Master of Arts in Design program at a Swiss University of Applied Sciences.

The conference provides compelling insights into current and relevant research topics and methodological approaches at the master’s level. It also offers an exceptional opportunity for informal exchange and networking between students based on their interests and practices.

The conference aims to instigate an awareness of different design disciplines, topics, approaches, and methods in the various stages of developing a master’s thesis. The morning is dedicated to students’ short presentations of their research topics, shedding light on the knowledge gap that their projects are dealing with, their research methodology, and the connections between practice and theory. The workshops carried out by the students for their peers in the afternoon will allow them to dive deeper into those topics. Finally, a social get-together will round up the event in the evening.

The Junior Design Research Conference started over ten years ago as part of the Swiss Design Network Symposia. The conference's organization has been rotating yearly among the participating universities ever since. The Academy of Art and Design Basel is happy to welcome you in 2022 to its 12th edition as an independent event.



8:45 AM

Arrival and Welcome Coffee

Building D: Civic / Room D 1.03

9:30 AM

Welcome to the Conference

Building D: Aula 1.04

9:45 AM

Panel I

Building D: Aula 1.04

Mira Durrer
A Local Network of Woven Textile Production
HSLU MA Design

By connecting the process of woven textiles – raw fibre, manufacturer, industrial production, and customer – the project explores the potential of a local circular economy. The whole manufacturing process is built within one region and the individual steps from cultivation to production are visible and comprehensible to all. Short supply chains and the use of regenerative raw materials ensure traceability and reduce the environmental and social impact. Adapting a sharing system, large quantities of industrial woven yardage become accessible to small entrepreneurs whereby the industry and costumers are put into direct relation with each other.

Arlène Stebler
Chut Thai: Dress and Its Influence on the Construction of a National Identity
HKB, MA Design Research

The Chut Thai is the national dress of Thailand. Since its emergence, it has been closely linked to national history and the royal house. The Chut Thai experienced a change in meaning with the perennial protests that reached new heights at the beginning of 2020. In this context, the Chut Thai has become prominent again as a symbol of empowerment. It is worn by both royalists and proponents of democracy, opposing parties with different aims and motivations. Based on the Chut Thai, I analyse the social and political relevance of traditional dress in the present.

Julie Chauland
Care and Comfort in the Fashion Industry
HEAD, MA Fashion Design & accessories

Throughout my practice, I have always tried to create pieces of clothing allowing a safe and comfortable space for the person wearing it. The notion of comfort is deeply linked to the clothes we wear. They hold an intimate relationship with our bodies, and they are our main tool to express our deepest self to others. However, care doesn’t seem to be a notion predominantly associated with fashion. From retail therapy, to burn out and exploitation of workers, how is the wellbeing of the body and mind regarded in the industry? Can it become a place to help people to cope with difficult mental health states? Can fashion be a place of care?

Giorgia Bandiera
A Quest Into Colour: Natural Colours and Their Creative Qualities
HGK, MA Digital Communication Environments

The project explores the contemporary context of natural colouring methods within the framework of a sustainable practice in visual communication. It investigates the performative qualities of botanical colours in an attempt to offer a new perspective on how we as designers perceive and use colours in printed matters. Experiments are conducted with a direct engagement with the material at every stage: from foraging raw natural material to the ink applications. The subject matter is observed following an alchemical approach considering the molecular structure of the colouring substance and reflecting on its materiality, agency and volatility.


10:40 AM

Panel II

Building D: Aula 1.04

Raphaela Häfliger
The Variable Black | The Dynamic Grey | The Variable White
ECAL, MA Type Design

Due to its dynamic nature, typesetting on screen cannot be compared with the traditional craft of book typesetting. The constant responsiveness on various screen sizes and different interfaces makes it impossible for the designer to have full control. This lack of qualitative controllability raises the question of the future role of a designer working between algorithmic assistance and creative possibilities delivered by new technologies.
It is divided into 3 chapters – A) Type Design & Craft B) Typography & Technology C) Space & Interface – while exploring the question of variability from different scales, perspectives and disciplines.

Lara Grandchamp
Working in Resonance With the Past
HGK, MA Masterstudio Integrative Design

While working on the rehabilitation of a hotel, I was confronted to deal with the loss of original built material. Wanting to bring back the building to its lettres de noblesse, I started rethinking some of the current working methods used in architecture, which brought me to approach the topic of preservation in a more experimental way, bridging disciplines to gather different working processes. Thereafter, I started shaping a guideline that could help me in my search for means of giving substance to the intangible heritage, which led me to create an add on to the ideation process of the design thinking method: Blindfulness.

Matteo Subet
An Interactive Multimodal Experience to Involve Young People in Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Usage
SUPSI, MA Interaction Design

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites evolve and no longer react to treatments, making infections difficult to cure. The proliferation of superbugs is frightening; this issue might result in 10 million deaths per year by 2050.
Although scientific research is helping to tackle the problem, the active and conscious cooperation of citizens is crucial. This thesis project focuses on how to fight antimicrobial resistance, through an interactive multimodal experience. The objective is to engage young people in the debate and, as a result, raise awareness about AMR.


11:20 AM


Building D: Room D 1.03

11:50 AM

Panel III

Building D: Aula 1.04

Shafira Nugroho
The Great Hack of Indigenous Design: — A Posthumanist Utopia
ZHDK, MA Interaction Design

We can’t save the planet without uplifting the voices of its people, especially those most often unheard. With our current physical climate, there has been a great urgency of eco-symbiotic thinking; "moving" western teachings "forward" into post-humanist ideologies. But perhaps this is nothing more than a colonial undertaking of indigenous practices, beliefs and design. Perhaps, the end result of successful decolonisation is a form of indigenous utopianism. We look to unpack the phenomena of indigenous thinking, through the evolution of dye in Indonesia's indigenous communities juxtaposed to its 'modern' adaptation of the textile industry.

Alice Brovelli
An Intergenerational Ecosystem to Tackle Loneliness and Social Isolation in Elderly Women
SUPSI, MA Interaction Design

This research project embraces and integrates three social issues embedded in our society: the aging of the population, the increasing social isolation and loneliness in the older adult population as public health risks, and the increased vulnerability of elderly women due to gender inequalities throughout their lives.

This project aims to improve the quality and quantity of elderly women's social relationships through an intergenerational ecosystem that enriches all parties involved and reduces discrimination and prejudice among different generations of women.

Gloria Ntawuruhunga
Exploring Car-Free Futures: A Study on Engaging Millennials in Participatory Planning Through a Speculative Design Approach
HSLU, MA Service Design

Governments are struggling to engage younger generations in their urban planning process. However, the present climate emergency demands the need for organizations and individuals to co-design our futures. Currently, multiple cities are considering removing cars from their urban areas in order to reduce their carbon emissions. This research project attempts to determine what role speculative design practices might have in pushing the younger generations to participate in redesigning their cities, as well as mapping how organizations can, in their decision-making process, make use of the outcomes and ideas proposed.

Dagna Salwa
The Power of Fear
HKB, MA Design Research

Throughout history the emotion of fear has played an increasingly important role in the enforcement of social and political developments. The current terms “collective fear” or “liquid fear” describe a new emotional state of western society. Nationalist movements in Europe use images that cause fear to win elections and maintain political power. Although this is not new, many are still unaware of the affective and manipulative power of images within this topic. That is why this project is investigating with which aesthetic means the effect of fear is evoked in visual communication.


12:45 PM

Panel IV

Building D: Aula 1.04

Ankita Das
Goods on Display
HEAD, MA Espaces et Communication

‘Goods on Display’ examines the photo curation and digital personas adopted by cisgender heterosexual men on the dating app Bumble and links it to the Darwinian theory of sexual selection which depends on the struggle between males for possession of females in the animal kingdom.

Jost Zeindler
In This World There’s Two Kinds of People
ZHDK, MA Visual Communication

During the last two decades, the discourse about gender and identities has opened up to an extent where at least parts of the general public have started to recognize that gender cannot be defined to be either male or female but should rather be placed on a spectrum. Our society, however, is built on a rather strict binary when it comes to gender. Non-binary people thus are hardly ever visible in the public discourse. This thesis aims to visually amplify the voices and concerns of affected people in relation to how society includes and deals with their identities.

Giacomo Bastianelli
Masters of Many (Podcast)
ECAL, MA Photography

It seems that as professionals we are hired based on a specific nomenclature that should highlight our skill. But new titles such as Multidisciplinary Designer are used to promote a certain typology of designer who transcends silos, allowing all kinds of disciplines to blur together.
The "Masters of Many" Podcast is designed to initiate a dialogue with all kinds of creatives, giving them a chance to tell us more about their many activities while trying to be critical about the issue of multidisciplinary, grasping its advantages and disadvantages.


1:25 PM

Info Lunch and Funding Fair

Building D: Aula 1.04

1:30 PM

Funding Fair (simultaneous to Lunch Break)

Building D: Civic

1:30 PM

Lunch Break (simultaneous to Funding Fair)

Building D: Café Hochhaus
Building D: Room D 1.03
Building A: Bistrot

AFTERNOON PROGRAM (details will follow)

3:00 PM


5:45 PM

Closing of Conference

Building D: Aula 1.04

6:00 PM

Apéro / Party

Building A: Terrace
Building A: Room A 0.11


Train Connections


7:36 AM


8:35 AM


6:12 AM


8:53 AM


6:30 AM


8:53 AM


7:30 AM


8:47 AM


5:39 AM


8:56 AM


7:34 AM


8:30 AM


If you want to participate at the conference you will be registered through your corresponding Master's program.


Creating an account to add your thesis to the database is currently closed. If you already have an account you can login and update your submission. Otherwise please contact your university.


Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
Freilager-Platz 1
4142 Münchenstein b. Basel