Profile

Who are we?

Graf Miville is a digital agency based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was created by two pixel addicts, Patrick Graf and Christophe Miville, who now head the agency as partners.
Comfortably housed in the former BAT 43 cigarette plant in the Acacias district, the agency relies on its 14 employees who specialise in digital and interactive media.

8 truths about Graf Miville

4 key principles

1
A unified, stable
and cohesive team

It takes time to get an artistic director to work together efficiently with a developer. It's essential to have a project manager who can assure project continuity. This makes a stable and cohesive team essential.

Our rule at Graf Miville is to work a four-day week. A balanced life and reasonable working hours are a few of the ingredients for building a solid, highly motivated team.

2
True expertise
within the agency itself

Our entire team is based in Geneva, Switzerland. That means there are no subcontractors or branches in India or Eastern Europe, and no freelancers who disappear after two months.

At Graf Miville, communication is one of our golden rules. We're always available if you need to finalise a project with a developer, or brainstorm with our creative team. We can meet up for coffee at any time to talk about your project.

3
Tailor-made
solutions

Each client and each project is unique.

At Graf Miville, we don't use a cookie-cutter, systematic approach. We develop and implement tailor-made solutions that meet our clients' true needs and requirements.

4
Unwavering
availability

We're always available for our clients, and not just for new projects.

At Graf Miville, we fix every bug until not a single one remains - no matter how long it may take, and at no cost to you. We produce reliable solutions with guaranteed support.

Our culture:

4 days a week

At Graf Miville, every employee can work four days a week. Sports, music, writing, personal projects, children... A good work-life balance means our employees always feel fresh and available when focusing on our clients and their projects.

Our culture:

Close to our clients

The entire Graf Miville team is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Need to finalise a project with a developer? Need to arrange a brainstorming session with the creative team? Let’s meet up for a coffee and discuss it. It's so much simpler that way!

Our culture:

We think digital

Thanks to our expertise and skills, we offer our clients a full range of digital solutions and services. We co-ordinate your entire digital project by working closely with our partners: photographers, video artists, writers, translators, illustrators, etc.

Our culture:

Your projects,
step by step

Assessing the client's actual needs is a crucial phase. We devote all our resources to targeting and defining them precisely. It's often better to focus first on the client's fundamental needs before testing and assessing the results in order to build a relevant solution, step by step.

Our culture:

Multiple languages,
for a better understanding

We speak French, English, (Swiss) German, Italian and Russian. This multicultural, multilingual environment allows us to meet the strategic needs of our clients. With the help of our partners, we design and develop solutions in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Swahili or even Romansch...

Our culture:

Listening patiently

We spend a lot of time with our clients. Understanding their business, defining their specific needs, setting realistic objectives, understanding the details of a project... These are all part of our approach.

Our culture:

Demystifying
the digital world

We believe that sharing knowledge is essential. The jargon of this business is filled with barbaric terms, incomprehensible abbreviations, enigmatic expressions and mysterious formulas. Our role is to design projects that are accessible, understandable and transparent.

Our culture:

Always connected

We listen, watch, read and follow what's being said, written and done in the digital world. This allows us to offer our clients projects that reflect current trends, technologies and needs.

A cohesive team

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  • Borjana
  • Francesco
  • Adeline
  • Piotr
  • Jakob
  • Pierre-Alain
  • Serge
  • Kevin
  • Xavier
  • Patrick Graf
  • Julia
  • Christophe Miville
  • Jean-Michel
  • Michaël

Borjana

 
My power at Graf Miville
being myself
At Graf Miville, I mostly
struggle to keep my mouth shut
My superpower
uncontrollable laughter that lasts a very long time
I like
nature, Sunday brunch, laughing
I admire
Aung San Suu Kyi
Nickname
Bôôb
What no-one knows about me
despite my talkative side, I'm rather mysterious
My life as a film?
La vita è bella
Golden rule?
My plate is my plate and your plate is your plate, so don't touch!
The best thing in life is...
my loved ones
The web is...
an infinite world to explore and create

Francesco

 
My power at Graf Miville
solving troubles in 2 clicks
At Graf Miville, I mostly
buttons, menus, squares and circles in Illustrators
My superpower
export buttons, menus, squares and circles in PSD format
I like
Sunday’s roast
I admiree
Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Sergey Brin
Nickname
Fra
What no-one knows about me
I played rugby
My life as a film?
Sliding doors
Golden rule?
Keep calm and carry on
The best thing in life is...
A gin and tonic after work
The web is...
It’s an endless source of inspiration and the best place for shopping

Adeline

 
My power at Graf Miville
Making layouts
At Graf Miville, I mostly
grumble about the developers!
My superpower
working on lots of layouts at the same times
I like
spending time at the table
I admire
the great explorers
Nickname
PHPMyAdeline
What no-one knows about me
everyone has an element of mystery
My life as a film?
L'auberge espgnole
Golden rule?
Integrity and authenticity
The best thing in life is...
taking full advantage of all the good times
The web is...
life

Piotr

 
My power at Graf Miville
representing the trade union
At Graf Miville, I mostly
research new technologiess
My superpower
having ALL the Apple products before they’re officially announced
I like
taking care of my zen garden
I admire
a good sense of humour
Nickname
el compulso
What no-one knows about me
knowing nothing more than what we already know
My life as a film?
South Park
The best thing in life is...
winning the lottery
The web is...
a beginning

Jakob

 
My power at Graf Miville
To create!
At Graf Miville, I mostlyt
Creating...
My superpower
Remain calm under any circumstance...
I like
le Tabasco®
I admire
The Swedish Royal Family
Nickname
Jax
What no-one knows about me
I play golf...
My life as a film?
Songs from the second floor
Golden rule?
If you’ve got nothing to say it’s best to stay quiet
The best thing in life is...
Music
The web is...
A great place for buying special editions of Tabasco®

Pierre-Alain

 
My power at Graf Miville
Watering the office plants
At Graf Miville, I mostly
Do regular expressions that don’t work
My superpower
Mastering the while 0’s
I like
Counting to 1 in binary
I admire
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nickname
PAS
What no-one knows about me
I’ve already captured the 151 pokémons
My life as a film?
Into the wild
Golden rule?
Do what you want and want what you do
The best thing in life is...
Freedom
The web is...
A wonderful world inhabited by magic unicorns and evil bad guys

Serge

 
My power at Graf Miville
a veteran’s power: complaining
At Graf Miville, I mostly
complain
My superpower
maybe flying, but I never really tried
I like
cocktail hours
I admire
Muhammad Ali
Nickname
I have a lot of them, but luckily no-one at the office knows them
What no-one knows about me
I don’t know how to develop
My life as a film?
a hilarious comedy
Golden rule?
check whether a tram is around before crossing
The best thing in life is...
taking naps
The web is...
complicated

Kevin

 
My power at Graf Miville
Finding solutions to problems that don’t yet exist
At Graf Miville, I mostly
Make noise by hammering on my keyboard, while hoping to achieve the desired result
My superpower
Always being in the know about the latest novelties and new movements on the web
I like
Learning and testing new things. And, incidentally, the after-work cocktails
I admire
Stanley Kubrick, Tolkien, John Resig and Larry Page
Nickname
None of them will be revealed
What no-one knows about me
Cooking is my favourite pastime, and contrary to popular belief about developers I drink little coffee
My life as a film?
A Clockwork Orange
Golden rule?
Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler
The best thing in life is...
Fridays
The web is...
A passion, a source of inspiration but above all, a fresco in constant evolution to which we contribute every day

Xavier

 
My power at Graf Miville
doing Flash
At Graf Miville, I mostly
take cigarette breaks
My superpower
making flashes of light (Super Flasher)
I like
the feel of the little keyboard keys under my fingers
I admire
my fantastic bosses
Nickname
Flash
What no-one knows about me
I tend to sidestep the issue
My life as a film?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Golden rule?
No time for redemption: you only have one chance; don’t waste it
The best thing in life is...
when it stops
The web is...
a gateway to a Warholian world

Patrick Graf

partner
Patrick studied graphic design at the Ecole Cantonale des Beaux-Arts de Zurich. He then worked for several years as an artistic director in advertising in Lausanne and Geneva (Publicis Group, Bozell Advertising, McCann-Erickson). In 1997, he created Grafit Design, a graphic design studio specialising in the design and implementation of interactive projects.

But on Mondays, he writes articles for his blog, listens to the latest Tom Waits album, or scours the web for new trends.
My power at Graf Miville
absolute derision
At Graf Miville, I mostly
answer telephones
My superpower
having all the most amazing superpowers but not using them because I’m not a show-off
I like
rock music
I admire
Waits, Dylan, Cave, Hooker, and all the other madmen
Nickname
Grafit
What no-one knows about me
that I have the superpower of detecting morons from 100 metres away
My life as a film?
Bagdad Café
Golden rule?
No politics, no religion
The best thing in life is...
“Like a Rolling Stone” by Dylan
The web is...
the best thing that’s happened to humanity

Julia

 
My power at Graf Miville
Stimulating interactions in order to enforce target audience commitment, via user-friendly wireframes
At Graf Miville, I mostly
Do crisis-anticipation
My superpower
Vulgarise the answer from the developer to the client
I like
To delicately savour 3.5 kilos of chocalate at 10:30 pm
I admire
My finely dust-studded vacuum cleaner
Nickname
You tell me!
What no-one knows about me
I like defining, organising and coordinating a set of activities, with the aim of going on holidays that are consistent with specific demands such as timing, funds and means
My life as a film?
Sissi impératrice
Golden rule?
The urgent is already done, the impossible is in the making, miracles take a little longer
The best thing in life is...
To attire myself in a new dress
The web is...
A collective work of art

Christophe Miville

partner
Christophe studied architecture in Geneva. He joined the web department of Eicon Technology/Dialogic in Montreal, before collaborating with the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in Geneva. In 1999, he founded azatech.net, an independent studio specialising in digital technology.

On Fridays, he goes hiking in the Alps, takes his boat out on Lake Geneva, reads comic books, or takes care of his daughter.
My power at Graf Miville
having someone make me toast with Cenovis spread
At Graf Miville, I mostly
take part in arguments
My superpower
detecting non-aligned pixels
I like
great meals
I admire
the sunset over Lake Geneva during the cocktail hour
Nickname
none that I know
What no-one knows about me
the less people know about me, the better I feel!
My life as a film?
On the Road
Golden rule?
everything’s possible
The best thing in life is...
a good meal with good wine
The web is...
only the beginning, we haven’t seen anything yet!

Jean-Michel

 
My power at Graf Miville
working 80% of the time
At Graf Miville, I mostly
do development... down to the last pixel
My superpower
understanding how magnets work
I like
vegetables
I admire
people who are patient
Nickname
Jim
What no-one knows about me
I love Cenovis spread
My life as a film?
A Film with Me in It
Golden rule?
don't disappoint
The best thing in life is...
to feel fr
The web is...
freedom that can be dangerous

Michaël

 
My power at Graf Miville
Passing myself off as a 12-year-old kid with my orange backpack
At Graf Miville, I mostly
do websites
My superpower
Being a rich, handsome celebrity, right?
I like
Sports, cars etc...
I admiree
The family...
Nickname
Micka
What no-one knows about me
I’m easily mistaken for being shy...
My life as a film?
Goal !
Golden rule?
Dare telling the truth, nothing’s worth a lie.
The best thing in life is...
Getting up every Monday to go to work
The web is...
A passion that keeps evolving

Interested in joining the Graf Miville team?

You work in the digital field and have experience as a :

Project manager
Motion designer
Artistic director
Community manager
SEO/SEM specialist
Account manager
web, IOS, Android developer
Trainee or apprentice with a thirst for knowledge:
Send us your application (CV + portfolio) by e-mail to job@grafmiville.ch
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