Drawing by Maya Bellier

ECAL Alumni Maya Bellier Completes Residency at Swissnex

ECAL alumni Maya Bellier is the first recipient of the Media & Interaction Design Residency Award, a collaboration with ECAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne).

July 25, 2022

ECAL alumni Maya Bellier completed her residency at Swissnex in San Francisco last month and published a series of comics to reflect on her experience during her stay in San Francisco. Her initial goal was to take advantage of the unique arts and technology scene in the Bay Area, but quickly realized that the cultural and social differences between the Bay Area and Europe would present her with a unique opportunity to learn and grow in ways she had not anticipated.

The comics (featured below) are meant to illustrate her journey during those four weeks and give the outside world a glimpse of her experience.


ECAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) and Swissnex in San Francisco launched the Media & Interaction Design Residency Award to offer a graduating student from ECAL the opportunity for a residency in San Francisco. The residency allows the student to take their (diploma) project in the fields of interaction design and digital innovation to the next level with a four week stay in San Francisco. Read more