Founder and Partner:
Swiss. Originally from the Lake of Geneva, Jean-Benoit is a visual communicator who has
been active since 1983 after his studies at the Basel Kunstgewerbeschule / Basel School of Design with teachers such as Peter von Arx for Animation, André Gurtler for Typeface Design, Wolfgang Weingart for Typography, Max Schmidt for 3-D Graphics and Armin Hofmann for Graphic Design.
After his first position as Art Director for the Swiss Trade Show Company in Basel and a position as Editorial Designer for Ringier, the Swiss Press Group, Jean-Benoit founds in 1988
his own studio "AND" in Basel. There he directs a flexible team, the size of which adapt itself
according the extreme variety of assignments and size of diverse clients.
In 1998 Jean-Benoit becomes member of the elective AGI–Alliance Graphique Internationale.
His goal is to stay creative while collaborating on challenging projects with inventive entrepreneurs and open minded clients. Jean-Benoit's work work has been awarded in various international competitions and published in many books and magazines which you can discover in the chapter "publications". Jean-Benoit lives now in San Francisco.
Claudia graduated in 1999 from the University of Arts in Berlin where she gained an MA in Industrial Design "New Media", under the guidance of Burkhard Schmitz and Carola Zwick,
Studio 7.5 in Germany. She received the Art Directors Club Award 2000 for her "Interactive Learning Methods" cd-rom. After her studies, she worked for Pixelpark in Berlin where she was involved in projects for several financial institutions such as WestLB, Hypovereinsbank and Sparkasse in Germany which involved detailed graphic design and visual communication for screens as well as print. After an intensive first internship at Wired Magazine in San Francisco she joined in 2000 AM+A the firm of Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc in Emeryville. At AM+A, Claudia has been involved with many user-interface design projects, Web sites, Web-based applications, Flash-based software demos, and mobile devices. Clients have included Visa, Samsung, Microsoft,a legal firm, and a major financial investment firm. Her work is characterized by careful typography and grid layout as well as effective sign/symbol design. She joined the studio AND as an Interaction Design Associate in 2003 and lead and established the new media projects with her experience. Together with her partner Jean-Benoit Levy, she teaches now in the Computer Arts New Media Department of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco as a part time teacher for Interactive Info Graphics, she is also currently an advisor for their graduate student program.