Valerie Morignat

PhD / Award-Winning Creative Director

About Me

I am a San Francisco based award-winning creative director, a VR/AR expert, an AI researcher, and an innovation consultant.

To help companies win the perfect pitch, disrupt their industry, and be ahead of the market, I bring to the table 20 years of human-centered design leadership and cyberculture expertise.
As a Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema & Digital Arts in France, and a researcher at the Sorbonne University, I predicted many developments of our digital future, and published thought-provoking essays on AI, VR/AR, cinema, cognitive sciences, and arts.
As a principal consultant on $MM projects, I devised creative technology and digital-first business strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, universities, and government agencies worldwide.
I relocated to Silicon Valley to lead the Experience Design and Interactive Innovation departments of the largest healthcare marketing and advertising agency on the West Coast, and provide consulting services to startups. I led 400+ cutting-edge interactive experiences changing the face of the healthcare industry – from empathy-building VR/AR/MR experiences, to haptic pipeline explorations, eDetailing apps, B2B/B2C websites, multitouch interfaces, and more.
I am currently writing a book to be published on Artificial Intelligence, and preparing my next underwater photography exhibition.

ExperienCe

Director of Interactive Innovation

GIANT CREATIVE STRATEGY | SAN FRANCISCO

OCT 2016 | PRESENT

Head of Virtual Reality research and design

• VR/AR/MR creative concepting
• VR/AR/MR UX/UI design
• VR brand experience and strategy
• AI and data-driven solutions for VR
• Strategic partnerships development
• Market intelligence & forecasting
• VR Heuristic analysis
• Ethnographic research

Director of Experience Design

GIANT CREATIVE STRATEGY | SAN FRANCISCO

MAR 2015 | OCT 2016

Oversaw the design of 375+ interactive solutions for all brands

Ensured in-depth expertise across capabilities resulting in 40% company revenue growth.
• AR booth experiences
• B2B/B2C websites and mobile apps design
• Multi-channel marketing design and strategy

Founder, Principal Consultant

Valerie Morignat Consulting | SAN FRANCISCO

JAN 2015 | Present

Innovation Intelligence Consulting

• Market analysis, competitive intelligence, forecasting
• Heuristic analysis, ethnographic research
• Innovation implementation
• VR intelligence, branding, UX/UI
• Web design & strategy
• Broadcast and Cinema engineering
• Creative content development

Founder, Principal Consultant

Transmedia Consulting | NC, FRANCE

DEC 2010 | MAR 2015

Principal consultant on $MM projects for national agencies and Fortune 500 companies

• Strategy, forecasting, market analysis
• Benchmarking, competitive analysis, case study
• Planning, governance, compliance
• Strategic partnerships
• Higher education program development
• Branding, creative content, web design

Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema & Digital Arts

Montpellier III University | France

Sep 2003 | MAR 2011

[On an ongoing leave of absence for entrepreneurship since 2011]

Developed interactive and immersive technologies and cyberculture programs in postgraduate curriculum.
• Head of the Cinema department
• Faculty Board Member of the Academic Recruiting Committee
• Master of Research Thesis Direction
• Extensive postgraduate teaching experience in art history and aesthetics, digital arts (video post-prod, CGI, VFX), cyberculture (VR/AR, video games, web art, AI), film studies, semiotics, philosophy.

Scientific Researcher & Board Member

Sorbonne-CNRS | PARIS, FRANCE

Sep 2002 | MAR 2011

Director of the national research program 'Virtual Environments and Interactive Systems' at IDEAT (Institute of Aesthetics of Arts and Technologies), UMR 8153, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research).

Principal

Actaze | FRANCE

Sep 2002 | MAR 2011

Devised and led prestigious scientific congresses for the City Council of Paris and the Sorbonne University, in direct collaboration with Minister of French Government, Mrs. George Pau-Langevin, and Mayor of Paris, Mrs. Anne Hidalgo.
• Directed cultural and scientific program development, financial planning, communications, marketing, fundraising, publications, PR.

Assistant Professor & Research Attaché

Sorbonne, University of Paris I | PARIS, France

Sep 1997 | sep 2002

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

I authored national strategic reports, white papers, essays on VR/AR, AI, cinema, arts, design, video games, cognitive sciences, psychology, philosophy, and cultural issues.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I have lectured and led conferences at prestigious academic institutions worldwide, speaking about futurism, technologies, cinema, and design. I am regularly invited as a TV and radio broadcasting guest speaker.

DESIGN
AWARDS

My underwater photography was exhibited worldwide, featured in industry publications, and received multiple prestigious international awards.

Education

Agrégée des Universités
Fine Arts

Academy of Paris | PARIS, France

2003

Agrégation Externe d'Arts Plastiques. Décile 6.

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD
Art and Arts Sciences

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

Nov, 28 2001

Doctorat de l'Université Paris I, Arts & Sciences de l'Art

"Poïetics of Transversalities". ["Poïétique des transversalités"]
Defended and awarded in Sorbonne, with Highest Honors with Very Honorable Mention and Unanimous Congratulations of Jury.
Doctoral Merit Fellowship, elected Assistant Professor and Research Attache based on outstanding performance and abilities, 2000-2002.

Master of Research (M.Res)
Fine Arts

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

1997

DEA, Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies

Highest Honors with Very Honorable Mention of Jury. Awarded a three-year Doctoral Merit Fellowship based on outstanding graduate achievements (First Rank Student).

Master of Arts (MA)
Fine Arts

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

1996

Maîtrise d'Arts Plastiques

Highest Honors with Very Honorable Mention of Jury.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Arts & Literature

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne | PARIS, France

1995

Licence Lettres et Arts Plastiques

Honorable mention.

DIGITAL Skills

VR/AR CONCEPTING, UX/UI Design
WEB UX, DESIGN, DEV
APP UX/UI DESIGN
VIDEO DIRECTION, EDITING
POST-PRODUCTION 2D/3D VFX
PHOTOGRAPHY