Werner conceived a unique and expressive visual language designing kinematic and sophisticated images, contributing to the design industry during the era that coincided with the advent of the computer as a design tool.
His layouts are deeply layered, with varying depths, rhythm and typography, without the forced experimentation that characterises much work from the 80s and 90s. This has helped him create designs that are works of art in their own right.
In 1983, Werner co-founded Les Ateliers du Nord, with the industrial designers Cahen and Frossard. He has taught at the School of Fine Arts in Lausanne, and at the High School of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, as well as at the Bern University of Arts.
Werner has won multiple national and international awards for his work in photography and in design. He has been a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI) since 1989, and has worked with numerous cultural and commercial institutions.
Werner has worked with the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, the Swiss Foundation for Photogrpahy, the Collection de l’Art Brut, the Musée de l’Elysée, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneve, Magnum Photos and Phaidon Press.