Elisa Roldán Restrepo

With YOUR EMOTIONAL SELF, Elisa Roldán Restrepo – in collaboration with Amrita Dutt and Ruben Babu – is presenting AËR, an app that tracks emotions of the user.
Building on the assumption that naming and understanding our emotions could help us heal and respond better to triggers to improve our lives and the ones of those around us, aër uses biosensors on a wrist-worn wearable and smartphone to passively track changes in our brain, skin, voice, heart and other physical signals. These signals then are assigned values that generate a visualization inspired by colourful corals.

Elisa Roldán Restrepo

Elisa holds a degree in Graphic Communication and Advertisement. She has worked in various fields, including Advertising and Textile Design. For the past four years, she has been the Graphics Manager and Visual Editor at a think tank specializing in investigating organized crime and its impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.
She sees design as the tool to imagine and transform the future. She likes to spot connections, refine details, and tell meaningful stories through design, a poem, or a drawing.

What is a good design for you?

The one that tells you a story and invites you to be part of it

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

The new rules of this pandemic world...

Who or what inspires you?

Childhood, the outdoors, Bruno Munari.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Have fun and give it all, time flies!

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Yes. I have learned to analyze and give feedback about a design better. I'm less afraid of having different styles in my design practice, and I am more aware of designers' vital role in our world. I feel inspired to continue helping make it a better place.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

To improve my knowledge in UX design

What are you not going to miss in your studies?


How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Dancing! I hope!

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