Across borders

Across Borders is a global, collaborative and cross-cultural event directed by Mayúscula that believes in design as a tool to break boundaries and create a positive impact on society. In a world where 272 million people live outside their countries of origin, Across Borders cross-cultural iniciative reclaims our cultural identity, diversity and multiplicity of points of view, deepening our differences and similarities through design. We believe in borders as meeting points, not barriers; crossroads where we can all meet to imagine a better journey.

An entire world in movement
Globalization is creating standarized societies that lose the flavour of their origins and heritage, and a considerable percentage of new generations are beginning to identify themselves more as a citizen of the world than as a citizen of their country of origin. And yet, never before in our history have we lived in a world so divided and compartmentalized. Every year, we produce half a million tons of barbed wire, that is, eight million kilometers of fences, or enough to circle the earth 200 times. Across Borders acts in this contradictory situation by raising awareness and celebrating cross-culturality in a positive spirit.

Barcelona Design Week. November 17 —26,2020
Across Borders offers an itinerant hybrid proposal to blur the boundaries between the physical, digital and virtual, expanding the possibilities of participation at an international level. A physical exhibition at the Disseny Hub Barcelona museum mixed with a live immersive experience in a virtual reality environment, and online dialogues with participants from different origins.
Barcelona Design Week is just our first stop. It is in our DNA to be truly global and accessible from anywhere in the world.

Creatives for refugees
For the 2020 edition, Across Borders has connected more than 50 renowned creative women from 30 different countries with the aim of helping refugees, while leveling the balance of gender inequality in the creative industry. Among them are Astrid Stavro (Pentagram), Tina Touli, Asuka Watanabe, Irene Pereyra (Anton & Irene), Martina Ampuero, Soraya Syed, Lupi Asensio (Two Points), Maria Montes, Maria Fabuel (Domestic Data Streamers), Jane Bower, Kaoru Akagawa, Yarza Twins or Nadine Chahine.

Highlights

Poster exibition
17— 29 Nov. Disseny Hub Barcelona
Across Borders has connected more than 50 renowned creative women from 30 different countries with the aim of helping refugees, while leveling the balance of gender inequality in the creative industry. The collaboration resulted in a collection of 30 posters that can be visited at the Disseny Hub Barcelona.
Virtual reality painting
18 & 20 Nov. 18h to 19h Disseny Hub Barcelona
Immersive painting experience in two sessions, where artists Martina Ampuero from Barcelona and Soraya Syed from London will work on a common virtual canvas. The work can be enjoyed both physically and live at the Disseny Hub Barcelona and in streaming on the 18th and 20th of November.

Artists

For the 2020 edition, Across Borders has connected more than 50 renowned creative women from 30 different countries with the aim of helping refugees, while leveling the balance of gender inequality in the creative industry. Among them are Astrid Stavro (Pentagram), Tina Touli, Asuka Watanabe, Irene Pereyra (Anton & Irene), Martina Ampuero, Soraya Syed, Lupi Asensio (Two Points), Maria Montes, Maria Fabuel (Domestic Data Streamers), Jane Bower, Kaoru Akagawa or Yarza Twins.

Foreign Policy (Singapore)
ABCDEFG

ABCDEFG is a question as well as an expression of the eventual confluence of cultures, languages and ideals as the world gets smaller due to the advent of the internet and social media and the growing accessibility of air travel. Will we end up speaking a myriad mix of languages? Or will our languages come together in a sort of melting pot and evolve into a new language?

Tsung Green (Taiwan)
Strokes - World

My creativity visual element came from the eight strokes of Chinese calligraphy. Eight strokes wander among the black modern geometric framework, a symbol of Eastern and Western cultural exchanges, attempting to produce diverse and dynamic visual effects.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Wael Morcos (Lebanon)
Borderless

Beyond manmade frontiers
and separation walls,
Beyond the confines of delimitation zones
and forced resettlement,
Beyond cultural realities
retraced by colonial conquests,
Beyond restricted mobility
and the politics of oppression,
Beyond blue lines, red lines
and imagined outlines,
Borderless is limitless.

Edenspiekermann (Singapore)
This Cannot lah!

This Cannot lah! chewing gum wrapper is a reference to a typical Singaporean law, Chapter 57 of the Control of Manufacture Act, which prohibits the import, distribution and selling of chewing gum in Singapore. Singapore has often been ridiculed over this legal curiosity, but it is still in place and is enforced. Cannot lah! is an example of the use of colloquial Singapore English, Singlish, which is strongly discouraged in Singaporean schools at a governmental level, as it is believed to hinder the proper learning of standard English. Many Singlish words and expressions were recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary, however, giving the local language a more serious international status. Both the chewing gum ban and the official stance of the Singapore government towards the use of Singlish may be fairly harmless limitations of freedom in Singapore, but they represent much bigger limitations of free expression, which are not often talked about openly.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon)
Typographic Connections

We break borders by creating connections. This typographic piece celebrates the connections created between designers through creativity using the word “tawassul” in Arabic, a symbolic word that means “to draw close, to connect, to communicate”.

Mayúscula (Spain)
Coexistence

The basic geometric shapes are a metaphor for the delicate encounter between different cultures, languages, ethnicities, graphic styles, personalities and typographies.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Bahia Shehab (Lebanon)
No to blood

“A Thousand Times No” started as an art installation in 2010 and evolved into a street campaign during the Egyptian uprising in 2011, saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

Eyeson Type (Taiwan)
The word univers

The universe is all of time and space and everything in them. The word “universe” in Chinese first appeared around 330 BCE. The character “宇” means space, and the character “宙” means time. Even though the word “universe” emerged in different eras and circumstances in the East and the West, the exploration of the unknown cosmos inspires the letter and meaning.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Debakir (Lebanon)
I want to bury your sun

Citizens of some countries need to endure a tedious process to acquire permission to cross borders. Permissions are sometimes granted and other times rejected. The designer voices his frustration against the concept of borders and the discrimination that comes with them by invoking a curse in Armenian that literally translates as “I want to bury your sun”. The wish is for the sun to set down on an era where borders can inflict suffering upon people.

Anna Kulachek (Ukraine)
Untitled

Having lived in Ukraine, Russia, Italy and the United States, where I was surrounded by people from all over the world, I felt like I was living in a big global family, in which borders did not matter. We are the same. Borders are just political weapons.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

TPTQ Arabic (Lebanon)
Resistance

This piece is about the resistance of all minorities, all people and/or groups of people who experience different forms of social, economic or political injustice. It speaks in their name to say “we are here / نحن‭ ‬هنا” and invites them to join their scattered efforts in a louder, more united resistance.

Andreu Balius (Spain)
Vocabulary for a world without border

Typography is a tool for conveying messages. Letters are shapes that help us form ideas. In our world, there are some important words that should be written and said loudly.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Wael Morcos (Lebanon)
Borderless

Beyond manmade frontiers
and separation walls,
Beyond the confines of delimitation zones
and forced resettlement,
Beyond cultural realities
retraced by colonial conquests,
Beyond restricted mobility
and the politics of oppression,
Beyond blue lines, red lines
and imagined outlines,
Borderless is limitless.

Bahia Shehab (Lebanon)
No to blood

“A Thousand Times No” started as an art installation in 2010 and evolved into a street campaign during the Egyptian uprising in 2011, saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

TPTQ Arabic (Lebanon)
Resistance

This piece is about the resistance of all minorities, all people and/or groups of people who experience different forms of social, economic or political injustice. It speaks in their name to say “we are here /نحن‭ ‬ هنا” and invites them to join their scattered efforts in a louder, more united resistance.

Debatir (Lebanon)
I want to bury your sun

Citizens of some countries need to endure a tedious process to acquire permission to cross borders. Permissions are sometimes granted and other times rejected. The designer voices his frustration against the concept of borders and the discrimination that comes with them by invoking a curse in Armenian that literally translates as “I want to bury your sun”. The wish is for the sun to set down on an era where borders can inflict suffering upon people.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Anna Kulachek (Ukraine)
Untitled

Having lived in Ukraine, Russia, Italy and the United States, where I was surrounded by people from all over the world, I felt like I was living in a big global family, in which borders did not matter. We are the same. Borders are just political weapons.

Edenspiekermann (Singapore)
This Cannot Lah!

This Cannot lah! chewing gum wrapper is a reference to a typical Singaporean law, Chapter 57 of the Control of Manufacture Act, which prohibits the import, distribution and selling of chewing gum in Singapore. Singapore has often been ridiculed over this legal curiosity, but it is still in place and is enforced. Cannot lah! is an example of the use of colloquial Singapore English, Singlish, which is strongly discouraged in Singaporean schools at a governmental level, as it is believed to hinder the proper learning of standard English. Many Singlish words and expressions were recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary, however, giving the local language a more serious international status. Both the chewing gum ban and the official stance of the Singapore government towards the use of Singlish may be fairly harmless limitations of freedom in Singapore, but they represent much bigger limitations of free expression, which are not often talked about openly.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Hey (Spain)
Limits

Drawn borders as a symbolization of erected fences and walls around world. Physical barriers against people, freedom and dreams in 65 countries, including Turkey, which is now trying to protect itself from the risk of terrorism.

Mayúscula (Spain)
Coexistence

The basic geometric shapes are a metaphor for the delicate encounter between different cultures, languages, ethnicities, graphic styles, personalities and typographies.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Fontsmith (United Kingdom)
Aldrin

We are inspired by the idea of “borders”, and our typeface, FS Aldrin, is inspired by how Buzz Aldrin’s mission was to break borders and explore uncharted territories.

Eyeson Type (Taiwan)
The word universe

The universe is all of time and space and everything in them. The word “universe” in Chinese first appeared around 330 BCE. The character “宇” means space, and the character “宙” means time. Even though the word “universe” emerged in different eras and circumstances in the East and the West, the exploration of the unknown cosmos inspires the letter and meaning.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Anna Kulachek (Ukraine)
Untitled

Having lived in Ukraine, Russia, Italy and the United States, where I was surrounded by people from all over the world, I felt like I was living in a big global family, in which borders did not matter. We are the same. Borders are just political weapons.

Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon)
Connections

We break borders by creating connections. This typographic piece celebrates the connections created between designers through creativity using the word “tawassul” in Arabic, a symbolic word that means “to draw close, to connect, to communicate”.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Andreu Balius (Spain)
Vocabulary for a world without borders

Typography is a tool for conveying messages. Letters are shapes that help us form ideas. In our world, there are some important words that should be written and said loudly.

Mayúscula (Spain)
Coexistence

The basic geometric shapes are a metaphor for the delicate encounter between different cultures, languages, ethnicities, graphic styles, personalities and typographies.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

TPTQ Arabic (Lebanon)
Resistance

This piece is about the resistance of all minorities, all people and/or groups of people who experience different forms of social, economic or political injustice. It speaks in their name to say “we are here / نحن‭ ‬هنا” and invites them to join their scattered efforts in a louder, more united resistance.

Fontsmith (UK)
Aldrin

We are inspired by the idea of ‘borders’ and our typeface FS Aldrin, how Buzz Aldrin’s mission was to break borders and explore unchartered territories.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Hey (Spain)
Limits

Drawn borders as a symbolization of erected fences and walls around world. Physical barriers against people, freedom and dreams in 65 countries, including Turkey, which is now trying to protect itself from the risk of terrorism.

Wissam Shawkat (Iraq)
Calligraforms

As an artist who fled his country due to the worsening situation and knowledge of the impending war, the Iraq invasion of 2003, I designed this piece, which represents a metaphor for my love of letter forms as cities without borders.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.

Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Yawn Yu (Korea)
경계 Gyeonggye

The Korean word for border is “경계”
(gyeonggye). Gyeonggye is also a homophone that means “to guard”. The word naturally reminds us of both meanings, as it depicts the current situation of Korea as a divided country and my personal experience in the Republic of Korea Air Force.

Hey (Spain)
Limits

Drawn borders as a symbolization of erected fences and walls around world. Physical barriers against people, freedom and dreams in 65 countries, including Turkey, which is now trying to protect itself from the risk of terrorism.

By buying a poster you agree to our following Terms and Conditions.


Size: 400 mm x 500 mm
Paper: Hahnehmule 300 gr
Printing: Silkscreen 2 Colors

Exhibition

Participants

For the 2020 edition, Across Borders has connected more than 50 renowned creative women from 30 different countries with the aim of helping refugees, while leveling the balance of gender inequality in the creative industry. Among them are Astrid Stavro (Pentagram), Tina Touli, Asuka Watanabe, Irene Pereyra (Anton & Irene), Martina Ampuero, Soraya Syed, Lupi Asensio (Two Points), Maria Montes, Maria Fabuel (Domestic Data Streamers), Jane Bower, Kaoru Akagawa, Yarza Twins or Nadine Chahine.

Tina Touli
London-based Greek, of German and Greek origin.

Tina Touli is a creative director, graphic communication designer, maker, speaker and educator. She currently runs her own London based multidisciplinary studio, and teaches at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She works in a great variety of design fields, including print and digital design, with different clients, such as Adobe, Dell, HP, Ciroc Vodka, Fiorucci, Tate, Converse, Kappa and Movement Festival. She had the honour to be selected by Print Magazine as one of the 15 best young designers in the world, aged under 30 (2017). Her work has been featured in Communication Arts magazine, Computer Arts magazine, Digital Arts magazine and Creative Review blog among others and design publications such as “Design{h}ers” by Viction:ary. She has been invited to present her work in various events and conferences all over the world, as for example at Adobe MAX, FITC Amsterdam, KIKK Festival, TOCA ME Festival and the Bump Festival.

Irene Pereyra
New York-based Dutch, of Peruvian origin.

She is the co-founder of the interaction design studio «Anton & Irene». She has created interactive experiences for a large variety of clients and projects, including the digital redesign of the Met Museum, the American newspaper USAToday, the artist Shantell Martin, the Austrian lighting company Zumtobel, and a survey in collaboration with SPACE10 about the future of communal living. The studio also spends 3 months a year on self-initiated design projects. Irene has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences such as OFFF and FITC, and has lectured at SVA in New York, Hyper Island in Stockholm, Elisava in Barcelona, and the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Her personal projects have been shown in Amsterdam, London, Antwerp, Paris, New York, Copenhagen, Cincinnati, Singapore and Tegucigualpa.

Alexandra Schwarzwald
Born and based in Germany.

Graphic designer and typographer. She was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. During her study in visual communication at HTW — University of Applied Science, she began work at FontShop as a Font Technician intern and supported FontShop’s eCommerce Business — including FontFont, Fonts.com, Linotype, and MyFonts — with graphical work after her bachelor’s degree.

In 2017 she started working for Monotype as a freelance graphic designer in London, and joined the company full-time in 2018. As a Senior Graphic Designer, her passion was always on the creative side of type release marketing, where she created and delivered visual assets for Futura Now, Helvetica Now, Macklin, Walbaum, Madera & Unitext, and many more. Alexandra was also a key member of the Monotype brand team, developing and delivering the company’s re-brand in 2019. Her interest is also in jewellery, 3D, UXUI, and type design.

Kaoru Akagawa
London-based Canadien from Japanese origin.

Artist and master of Japanese calligraphy, kana shodo, was born in Canada, grew up in the U.S. and Japan, and since 2007 in Europe. Akagawa’s new style of art has been picked up by various media, including CNN, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle and BBC Radio. Her artworks are created based on her technique as a master, yet are free from preconceived ideas of Japanese traditions. Akagawa strives to keep an ancient script, which is referred to as “woman hand”, alive through her art. Her globe-trotting and the discrimination she experienced growing up in the U.S. led to “Crossing Borders” becoming one of the core ideas of her work. Akagawa has held exhibitions in cities such as Berlin, Paris, London and Tokyo. She has held lectures on kana shodo at venues like the University of Oxford, the University of London School of Advanced Study and the University of Zurich.

Juhi Vishnani
Born and based in India.

Graphic Designer and Art Director from Mumbai, India. After completing under-graduation in Design from India, she pursued her MA in Communication Design from UAL, London. She worked at reputed agencies like TSK Design and Landor Associates before forming her own plural design practice, November, with partner Shiva Nallaperumal in 2018. November has worked with a wide variety of cultural and commercial clients like Uber, Apple Music, Nicobar, Elle Magazine and National Basketball Association (NBA) etc. on Identities, Installations, Editorial Design, Lettering and Typeface Design. In parallel to her design career, Juhi is also a certified and practicing Yoga Instructor.

Rachel Joy Price
London / Paris-based English.

Lettering Artist based between London + Paris. Descended from a great grandfather who was part of the team of sign painters who worked on the titanic, Rachel’s work is versatile, spanning a variety of media from traditional sign painting for commissions as art pieces, to crafting scripts & 3D lettering for brands worldwide, working on advertising, packaging, book covers and prints. Her clients include Google, Apple, Adidas, Karl Lagerfeld, and Heineken.

Veronika Burian
Germany / Spain-based Czech.

The multi-award winning type designer Veronika Burian originally studied industrial design in Munich and then worked as a product designer in Vienna and Milan. Discovering her true passion for type, she graduated with distinction from the MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading, UK, in 2003. After a few years at DaltonMaag in London, she founded TypeTogether together with José Scaglione, today with twelve employees working around the world, one of the most important, independent type foundries. As a founding member of the typography platform alphabettes.org by and for women, she is particularly involved in the mentoring program and for the GRANSHAN project for non-Latin fonts and typography, she engages in communication and sponsorship. Veronika teaches as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Design NTNU (Gjøvik, Norway) and gives lectures and leads workshops at conferences and at universities around the world.

Laura Meseguer
Born and based in Barcelona, Spain.

Laura Meseguer is a freelance graphic and type designer, she works for international and domestic clients but also in self-initiated projects. Through her own type foundry, Type-Ø-Tones, she publishes and promotes her type designs. Since then she has been teaching and giving talks and workshops around.

As a typographer and type designer she is specialized in all sorts of projects involving custom lettering and type design, for branding and publishing design. For her personal practice she gets the inspiration from what is around and focuses in projects that mix that with her own vision of type and lettering, exploring the expressivity of letterforms.

She is the author of TypoMag. Typography in Magazines, published by IndexBook and co-author of the book “Cómo crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla”, published by Tipo e in Spanish and translated into Polish, Portuguese, English and Chinese.

Premio Gràffica 2018. Member of the ATypI Board since 2017

Ksenya Samarskaya
United States-based, born in Portugal from Russian origins. 

She is a creative practitioner, drawing fascination from the textures and symbols that form reoccurring threads, and build meaning, in our collective lives. Working on brand campaigns, strategy, creative consultation, and type design, Samarskaya has collaborated with various small and large clients, including Adobe, Apple, Google, Ideo, Intel, WeWork, and YouTube. Samarskaya has served on the board of AIGA/NY, and helped judge design competitions for Communication Arts, The One Club/ADC, TISDC, TDC, and SoTA. She teaches type design and manufacturing luck, works to deconstruct design education, and occasionally writes about design. 

Rendani Nemakhavhani
South Africa-based, Black Woman.

I am an illustrator and art director by trade, who is influenced by urban African as well as traditional cultures. I draw inspiration from women as well as the vibrant nature of African people. My work has been written about in various publications. Nataal, being the most recent one. I’ve exhibited with galleries In Johannesburg, both online as well as traditional spaces. Founder of a project called All Hail the Honey as well as 30 Days x a City.

Katyayani Singh
New York-based Indian origin.

She is an art director and graphic designer from New Delhi, India. She currently resides and works in Brooklyn, New York, as a managing designer at &Walsh. She has an MFA in Visual Communication Design from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (w/ New Artist Society Scholarship). She also holds a BA(Hons.) in Political Science from the University of Delhi. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and exhibitions like Vogue Italia, Platform Mag, Wall Street Journal, etc, and is a part of the permanent collections at Davidson College, North Carolina. Some of her client work includes: Apple, Bombay Sapphire, Macy’s, Bombas, Baboon, Petplate and more.

Sasikarn Vongin
London-based Thai.

Is an independent type and graphic designer based in London. She worked professionally as a type designer at Cadson Demak, a type foundry in Bangkok before moving to the UK. After receiving her master’s degree in type design from The University of Reading in 2018, she then has moved to London in 2019 and started her freelance career. She is currently a frequent collaborator with type foundries and design studios from around the world.

 

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Talks

Date: 07—06—2017
Time: 19:00 — 21:00
Place: ROC 35. Carrer de Roc Boronat, nº 35, 8
08005 Barcelona
Price: free entrance

The first set of conferences were given under the frame of the Barcelona Design Week in Roc 35. Rocío Martinavarro from Mayúscula, Tarek Atrissi, Andreu Balius from Type Republic and the photojournalist Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza talked about their creative work through their own cross-cultural experience.

If you’d like to organize an Across Borders edition, in or out of Spain, or support the project with a donation, let us know your ideas!

Collaborators

Thanks to

Location

Opening & talks

June 07
ROC 35

Passatge Mas Oliver 8.
08005 Barcelona
tel: +34 933 208 050
mail: info@roc35.com

Exhibition

June 10 / June 16
Mayúscula

Passatge Ferrer i Vidal, 12. 1º
08005 Barcelona
tel: +34 932 217 840
mail: nihao@mayuscula.es

Opening & talks

June 07
ROC 35

Passatge Mas Oliver 8.
08005 Barcelona
tel: +34 933 208 050
mail: info@roc35.com

Exhibition

June 10 / June 16
Mayúscula

Passatge Ferrer i Vidal, 12. 1º
08005 Barcelona
tel: +34 932 217 840
mail: nihao@mayuscula.es