Davide Fornari (b. Mantua, Italy, 1979) is associate professor at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, where he leads the applied Research and Development sector since 2016.
Previously, he was a tenured researcher and lecturer at the Laboratory of visual culture, SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland in Lugano (2009–2017).
After studying architecture at IUAV in Venice and ETSA in Barcelona, he earned a Ph.D. in Design sciences from University Iuav of Venice in 2010. His Ph.D. thesis Il volto come interfaccia (et al./EDIZIONI, Milan 2012) was awarded a grant for publication from the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Together with Silvia Sfligiotti, he co-edited the magazine «Progetto grafico» (2015–2017). With Robert Lzicar, he co-edited the book Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland (Triest verlag, Zurich 2016) and co-coordinates the research project Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited (2016–2020). He edited and art directed with Régis Tosetti the monograph Bianca e Blu Monica Bolzoni (Rizzoli international, New York 2019).