For my final project at the MSc in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano, I studied and analysed more than five thousand images published in three of the most popular Italian newspapers. The project triggered from the following research question: Are the images used for covering news repeating the same visual patterns/archetype?

Several months and 150+ written pages later, visual patterns and archetypes in photojournalism came to the surface. The amount of research was wide, including photographies of crime, natural disasters, and tragic events such as 9/11. The analysis then focused on a short selection of events which had worldwide coverage on the news: The Indonesian tsunami, the Fukushima earthquake, and the Costa Concordia shipwreck.

Year of publication



MSc in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano

What I Did

Semiotic, Photojournalism, Graphic Design


The Circular Dendrogram visualization was featured in Manuel Lima’s The Book Of Circles – 2017