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

Bianca Berning
London-based German.

As a creative based at the intersection of typography, type design and technology I see myself responsible for amplifying the messages of written communication. Within my current role as creative director at font foundry Dalton Maag I enjoy getting to the core of a company’s culture and helping them find their very own tone of voice.

As an active member of Alphabettes, a network to support and promote the work of women in the type industry, I consequently founded a mentorship program with the aim to help people, especially students and professional newcomers, immerse themselves in the industry.

My public speaking résumé is extensive and includes talks at events like Ampersand, ATypI conference, Automatic Type Design, Dynamic Font Day, ICTVC, ISType, Nordic Design, Robothon, and TYPO Labs.

Rocío Martinavarro
Born in Valencia, based in Barcelona

Rocío founded Mayúscula, a global branding and multilingual design studio, ten years ago. She has over 20 years of experience working in New York, Amsterdam and Barcelona. She has designed in different languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Azeri and Russian among others), both for start-ups and multinationals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has carried out projects for RTVE, BTV, The World Bank Group, the Ministry of Azerbaijan, Government of Kuwait, Agility Logistics, BAD Architects (Lebanon), Baku CC Formula 1 (Azerbaijan), Zeri Crafts (Kuwait), Delta Electronics (Taiwan), or Phoenix Village (China)…. Roc.o is president jury for the ADCE 2020 (Art Directors Club of Europe awards), and has judged Laus awards and ADCE before. Her projects have been awarded internationally by the TDC NYC, D&AD London, ADG-FAD Laus Awards (2018, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2010), Dubai Lynx, RGD So(cial) Good Design Awards, and 100/100 Best Arabic Posters.

She combines her work in May.scula with initiatives such as Across Borders, CreaCities (by Creative Dialogue) and Creatives for the Future, a new sustainability organization. She has taught and lectured at the International University of Barcelona, Elisava, IED, LCI, Seeway, IDEP (PostGr.fica), ESDesign and festivals like OFFF, Blanc, BCN-MCR, Serifalaris, FEED 5…

Júlia Solans
Born and based in Barcelona

Júlia Solans, is a graphic illustrator. After working several years in advertising agencies, she left everything to dedicate herself to illustration. After seven years as a freelancer she has worked for national and international clients, giving talks, teaching classes, presenting events and having a podcast on illustration. She believes that illustration is an essential social transformation tool.

Zuzanna Rogatty
New York-based Polish

Zuzanna Rogatty is a Polish designer based in New York.

She works across disciplines sharing her time and mind between working on complex identity systems for global brands and lettering passion projects in which she relentlessly pushes the limits of typography.

She is currently a designer at Collins, previously worked at Pentagram NY. She has worked with a diverse range of clients including Esprit, Google, Bon Appetit, AIGA New York, Dropbox, Dolby and It’s Nice That. Her work has been recognized by the Type Directors Club, DesignMarch in Reykjavik, East Harlem Gallery NY, and Notamuse: A New Perspective on Women Graphic Designers in Europe, among others. She graduated from University of Arts in Poznań with an MFA in Visual Communication and School of Fine Arts in Bydgoszcz, where she comes from. 

Beth Wilson
Born and based in Scotland

Beth Wilson is one of the Directors of Warriors Studio. Warriors Studio is a graphic design agency and creative consultancy founded by James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson, who built the studio on a shared passion for powerful communication and design. Further information can be found at Beth and James are also the founders and organisers of Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS), an international creative symposium. Since 2014, GDFS has welcomed 200,000+ participants and visitors from across the world. In 2020, GDFS has relaunched as INTL

Yara Khoury Nammour
Lebanon-based, born in United Arab Emirates

Yara Khoury Nammour is a a graphic designer, typographer, educator and researcherfrom Lebanon. She is an assistant professor of graphic design at the American University of Beirut. As a design director for 20 years at AlMohtaraf design house,  she designed identities for major corporations, multi-lingual books, and Arabic typefaces for banks and newspapers in Saudi Arabia. Her work is published in several international books and is the winner of an ISTD Premium award and a D&AD In-Book award for the design of the Oum Kolthoum Compendium, two ISTD awards of excellence for two other books. She is author of ‘Nasri Khattar: A Modernist Typotect’ from Khatt Books.

Sol Matas
Berlin-based, born in Buenos Aires of Spanish-Argentinian-French descent.

Sol Matas is an Argentinian typeface designer born in Buenos Aires. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Universidad de Buenos Aires, as well as a specialisation degree in Digital Design and a postgraduate diploma in Typeface Design from the same school.

She started her career as a graphic designer at the Saatchi & Saatchi agency. In 2001, she founded her own branding studio Sonnenshine, through which she has been working for clients in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

Since 2010, she has focused on developing font projects in Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Oriya and Devanagari. She has repeatedly lectured on typeface design, and given numerous workshops in events and schools in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

She is a member of, she collaborates for, and she is part of the Typostammtisch team in Berlin.

Sindy Ethel
New York-based Mexican

Sindy Ethel is a Mexican designer and illustrator with a big passion for typography. She graduated with a BA in Graphic design from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, MX. In 2016 she studied the Typeface Design Extended Program at Cooper Union in New York City. She currently resides and works in Brooklyn, NY, working as a designer at Hello Monday.

Sindy works across illustration and lettering projects for packaging, advertising and a wide variety of digital products. She gives workshops, lessons and conferences about her design work and participates in exhibitions and live performances. She’s constantly experimenting, her work is expressive and features a good combination of letterforms and illustrated elements. Some of her client work includes: Adobe, Google, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, The Washington Post and Diageo.

Jing Wei
Chinese-born, California-raised

Jing Wei is a Chinese-born, California-raised artist and illustrator. She began her career with a background in printmaking, and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Jing’s work can range from graphic, conceptual images, to large-scale murals, to textured works on paper. Her visual stories often exhibit a surreal quality and use people and everyday situations as a backdrop for the unexpected. A few of her clients include Target, Google, Herman Miller, Airbnb, Adobe, Warby Parker, The New York Times and American Express. Jing is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and works out of a shared studio in the Greenpoint area. When she’s not working, she is probably either taking a long walk or putting way too much effort into a baking project.

Noopur Datye
Born and based in Mumbai, India.

Noopur Datye is a type designer and calligrapher from Mumbai, India. A graduate of Sir J J Institute of Applied Art, she is one of the co-founders of Ek Type, a collaborative type foundry that designs type in eleven of the many scripts used in India. She mostly works with Devanagari, Bengali, Gujarati and Gurmukhi scripts. Her work includes custom Bengali and Devanagari typefaces for television channels Star Jalsa and LifeOk, open source typefaces Mukta Vaani (Gujarati), Mukta Mahee (Gurmukhi), Baloo (Gujarati, Bangla) and Noto (Dogra, Gunjala Gondi and Masaram Gondi). Her work has won several awards including the wooden pencil at D&AD, Black Elephant at Kyoorius Design Yatra and has been featured in 365 typo and in Typografica’s favourite typefaces of 2015 and 2016.  Noopur is an active member of Aksharaya and regularly conducts workshops on calligraphy and letterform design at design schools and conferences in India.

Camila Rosa
Born and based in Bazil

Camila Rosa is an Illustrator and Visual Artist from Brazil. She started her life as an artist in 2010 with a female street art collective and since then her work can be found on the streets, in exhibitions, magazines, books, and several other media. Camila’s work translates women from an alternative perspective and seeks to approach political themes as a means for social change. She believes it’s important that her work can be used to support and educate girls and women around the world.

Her client experience includes Apple, Nike, Spotify, Adidas, The Wall Street Journal, WeTransfer, and many others. Camila’s work was featured in exhibitions worldwide such as Hear Our Voice by’s March (US), Ten Years of Social (UK), When She Rises (US), Soft Heart (HK), etc.

Naïma Ben Ayed
London-based french with Tunisian origin

Naïma recently set up her independent practice where Latin and Arabic type and graphic design sit at the same desk. Her approach to design is telling stories with letters. Current collaborators include ABCDinamo, TPTQ Arabic, Future Fonts and Velvetyne Type Foundry. She notably designed Intel Clear Arabic, Interface Arabic and Mokoko while working at Dalton Maag, London. She regularly leads type design and digital lettering workshops in places such as Tumo center Yerevan and Paris, Esav Marrakech, Tashkeel Dubai, MMAG Amman. Naïma is particularly interested in working at the intersection of type, language and culture and in opening up the discipline of type design to novice audiences. She is part of the Alphabettes community and their mentorship program.

Bianca Dumitrascu
Bucarest-based Romanian

Bianca is a graphic designer specialized in lettering and custom type. She currently lives in Bucharest, Romania where she works as an independent designer for brands like Burberry, Samsung, Heineken, and many local ones. As the Chapter Lead of TypeThursday Bucharest, she manages to be an advocate for the graphic design community. As the Founder of Caracter — a Romanian educational platform for calligraphy, lettering, type design, and type history — she takes it a step forward in spreading the knowledge. Bianca seeks to educate the advertising industry on the weight of type in any given project.

Margaretha Andreassen
London-based Polish

Margaretha is one of the co-founders of Bond’s London studio. Margaretha’s scope of work as a Designer embodies shaping concepts and creating brand identities, spatial, exhibition and digital experiences. Prior to BOND she worked as a Senior Design Specialist in Microsoft and Nokia’s Brand and Integrated Design Team. She was a founding partner and creative of Blueroom Designstudio in Oslo, Norway for eight years.

Margaretha’s work has won recognition such as Designer of the Year Exhibition, The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture Best of Design Award, and Visuelt. Projects include of the recent British Airways Future of Flight exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, and rebranding of the Norwegian national voting system.

María Fabuel Esteve
Barcelona-based Spanish

I am a creative director working from Barcelona. I was an industrial designer, then a graphic designer and art director and, finally, a copywriter and creative director. I’ve been living in Florence, Milan, Madrid and Barcelona, but I’m from Valencia. Now I am a mix of everything and work as executive creative director at Domestic Data Streamers. Bachelor in Industrial Design and Master in Design and Communication, I have worked with different design studios and various creative agencies, including CHINA Madrid and SCPF in Barcelona, working for leading global brands such as Levi’s, Schweppes, Ikea or BMW. In addition to my work in different agencies and studios, I also teach at the Master in Data & Design from Elisava, and the Master in Art & Creation of the Escola de la Dona.

Hui Yeon Hwang
Born and based in Seoul , South Korea

Hui Yeon Hwang is a Seoul-based Graphic and Visual designer. Her works are full of character and color, with work spanning editorial and print design.

Lisa Huang
Born and based in Israel

Lisa Huang 黄丽莎 is a type designer specialized in Latin and Chinese scripts, currently based in Paris, France. After graduating from Type@Cooper Condensed (Cooper Union, NYC) in 2015 and Type and Media (KABK, The Hague) in 2018, her interest in type and typography focuses on multi-cultural works, especially those mixing Latin-French and Chinese writing systems which mirrors her life as a multi-cultural human.

Liron Lavi Turkeinch
Born and based in Israel

Liron Lavi Turkenich is an independent typeface designer and a design entrepreneur based in Israel. She holds a B.Des in Visual Communications from Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and an MA in Typeface Design from University of Reading, UK.

Liron designs multilingual typefaces for international companies, specializing in Hebrew and Amharic. Among them is Aravrit, a new hybrid writing system which merges Hebrew and Arabic, and has received wide recognition for its ingenuity and scope. Additionally, she runs 52 ideas, a weekly newsletter with notes on productivity, activeness and running multiple projects. She loves asking questions while interviewing designers, teaching and researching lost Hebrew typefaces.

Liron has several years of organising and curating an international typeface conference. She shares her knowledge and experiences in lectures and workshops around the world. Liron loves traveling, searching for the finest coffee, and searching for typographic treasures in dusty archives.

Elinor A Holland
New York-based American

Elinor A Holland fell in love with ink and pens at an early age, and is a calligrapher of Latin and Arabic scripts. She received an ijaza in Arabic scripts in 2014. She teaches regularly for the NY Society of Scribes and at colleges, art centers and museums in the US and Canada including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and The Smithsonian Institute. She has exhibited in Kuwait, Sharjah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and the throughout the US.

YuJune Park
United States of America-based South Korean

YuJune Park is the co-founder of Synoptic Office and an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design. Her work is guided by the belief that Communication Design is language made visible and ideas made material.

Synoptic Office’s work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by Fast Company Design and It’s Nice That. The studio has exhibited at the Ningbo Museum of Art in China and the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno. It was selected to participate in BIO23, the 23rd Biennial of Design at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the upcoming TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibition with the European Cultural Centre for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Lynne Yun
New York-based South Korean

Lynne is a NYC-based type designer and educator who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She was previously a full time type designer at Monotype and served on the board of AIGA NY and Society of Scribes. Prior to working at Monotype, Lynne held positions as a graphic designer at companies such as Apple Inc. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from the Type@Cooper Extended Program.

Raby-Florence Fofana
Berlin-based German with Guinean origin

Artist & Designer. She grew up in Berlin as the daughter of a German mother and a Guinean father. She studied Graphic design in The south of Germany (Freiburg Breisgau) and did an internship in Barcelona at twopoints.Net in 2009. Her work intersects with art, illustration, and design in several media. Sculptural in Porzellan and Ceramic such as graphics in Painting and Collages. She works in the fields of Branding/Corporate Illustration and free Art Projekts. She loves abstract compositions of elements who look fluent, soft, and wobbly.

Nubia Vaitiare Navarro Marcano
Bogota-based Venezuelan 

Known as Nubikini. I’m a Venezuelan graphic designer and lettering artist currently living in Bogota, Colombia; I specialize in the creation of digital and manual letters. Since I met typography in college I fell in love with all of it’s process, then I started experimenting with food and materials. I’ve been working in advertising agencies 6 years ago and I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside major brands such as Adidas, Adobe, Tiffany & Co., Sprite and Flowers of Colombia among others and since then I have wanted to merge the letters between every campaign whenever I can.

I consider that my approach to design is very focused on solving problems from type. I think it is one of the main elements to send a message. The typography written as such and the typography that sometimes works as an image or as a form on a poster.

Eva y Marta Yarza
UK-based Spanish.

Yarza Twins is a design studio based in London founded by Spanish twins Eva and Marta Yarza. We are specialised in branding, illustration, packaging and editorial design. Our clients include Smirnoff, HP, Adidas, Mika and Microsoft. We’ve given talks around the world about our work and we have won a prestigious D&AD award on innovative packaging in 2018.

Maha Akl
Born and based in Cairo, Egypt.

Maha Akl is an award-winning graphic designer based in Cairo, Egypt, specialized in Arabic type design and illustration. She earned her BFA in graphic design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. In her work, Maha tries to bridge her two interests, explore how both fields can enrich one another, and respond to today’s needs. Guided as well as inspired by the vast, diverse Arab and Islamic visual heritage and the natural world. This process is best displayed in her debut typeface Hudhud, which is originally made to respond to the need of a friendly Arabic typeface to work in harmony with organic hand drawn illustrations, with respect to the script grammar and structure.

Ana Gómez Bernaus
California-based Spanish.

Ana is an illustrator and lettering artist based in Los Angeles. Originally from Barcelona, her early work was influenced by Catalan Modernism. Its visual richness permeated her designs with dynamic, elaborate compositions.

In 2009, she moved to NYC, where she fell in love with typography. Barcelona brought her a taste for illustration, New York allured her with type, and now both disciplines live in Los Angeles through digital lettering.

Her clients include AIGA, Adobe, Converse, Los Angeles Magazine, Microsoft, Nike, Trident, and Snapchat among others.

Ana has been awarded the Type Directors Club Certificate of Typographic Excellence; the Communication Arts Typography Award and the SOTA and TypeCon 2016 Prototype. She was nominated for the 2013 Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 2013/2014 and the Outstanding Graphic Design category in the Cinema Eye Honors.

Her work has been featured in Adobe Create, Domestika, AIGA’s Eye On Design, Grafica, and Etapes.

Asuka Watanabe
Born and based in Tokyo.

Graphic designer and illustrator. Now freelance, I started my career at various domestic agencies. I do everything from logo and UI design to illustration and painting. I find inspiration in all areas of daily life, and my work is a combination of fine art and industrial design. I use geometric colorful visuals and simple themes to create unique work for any situation or client.

Lupi Asensio
German-based Spanish

Lupi Asensio graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, specializing in Design, but she studied as well at the KABK in The Hague, specialized in Swiss/German typography at the University of Applied Arts in Darmstadt, and did a postgraduate degree in Visual Communication and Cinema Studies at the HFG Offenbach. Lupi Asensio has taught typography, color, and visual communication at different design schools, universities, and master degrees. During 2007—2009 she became the director of the Graphic Design Master Degree at ELISAVA. In 2007 she founded TwoPoints.Net together with Martin Lorenz with whom she ran as well the Postgraduate Degree in Applied Typography at the Elisava Design School in 2010. Since 2015 Lupi Asensio lives in Hamburg where she taught applied typography, color, editorial design, and visual communication at various German universities. Lupi Asensio (together with Martin Lorenz) is since 2020 the new typography teacher at the KABK in The Hague.

Marga Oller
Born and based in Barcelona, Spain.

Marga joined Mucho in 2015 as an Art Director and is now one of three Associate Partners. Her prior experience includes the branding and consultancy agency Summa also as Art Director. She has over 15 years’ experience leading and delivering branding projects, coordinating teams and supervising brand implementation as well as the strategic coherence of each project.

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

Canada-based Japanese. 

Kisyuu is a Japanese calligrapher originally from Japan and currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Kisyuu started learning Japanese calligraphy when she was seven and was given a calligraphy master name “Kisyuu” from her master Kosyuu Kobayashi at the age of 18. She earned numerous awards from calligraphy competitions both in Japan and Canada.
She writes both traditional and modern freestyle calligraphy – a brush and sumi-ink are her tools to express her true self. Through her calligraphy art, she wishes to create peace, both inner and outer.
Since moving to Canada in 2007, she has been working on her calligraphy installations, workshops, lessons, exhibitions, live performances and commissioned art works. She has been performing in collaboration with various types of artists. She has also worked on projects with different companies such as Microsoft, Shiseido, 20th Century Fox, Toyota and Netflix.

Maria Montes
Australia-based Spanish.

Maria Montes is a multidisciplinary designer and educator passionate about illustration and letterforms. Her practice is set by the principals of constant learning, sharing and educating about the creative process. In 2011 she studied a Postgraduate Course in Advanced Typography in Barcelona, and in 2012 a Typeface Design Condensed Program at Cooper Union in New York City. In 2018, she published her first display font called Green Fairy. Nowadays, Maria works across illustration commissions, lettering projects and emotionally-charged visual identities. She currently teaches live online calligraphy classes.

Vanessa Zuniga Tinizaray
Born and based in Loja, Ecuador.

Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray, is an Ecuadorian designer. Her passion has led her to investigate the visual signs of the ancestral cultures of Latin America. In a stage of globalization, her mission is to design, share and teach people to revalue the Latin American cultural heritage, to amplify and translate it globally. Her intention is to learn to appreciate and celebrate that heritage with pride and without prejudice.

After 16 years experimenting in the research project «Visual Chronicles of the Abya Yala», she has obtained with her book a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club 2017 and another in 2019 for the project «Fixture: A kinetic type specimen» with Alejandro Paul. She win an award and two mentions in the Ibero-American Design Biennial, some of her experimental typefaces have been selected in Tipos Latinos Biennial, and she has given workshops and talks sharing your research project in Francia, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, México and Ecuador.

Lara Captan
Netherlands-based Lebanese.

Lara is an independent type designer & typographer based in Amsterdam. She is a researcher-practitioner and strives to provide alternative pathways to designing Arabic typefaces, both in form and technology.

She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut (2006), a Masters in Advanced Typography from the Escola de Disseny i Art (Barcelona, 2011), and a Certificate in Type Design from the Cooper Union (New York, 2012). She taught design and typography at the American University of Beirut between 2006 and 2013 then moved to The Netherlands where she has been creating Arabic typefaces that explore multiple technologies. She regularly speaks at conferences around the world and has co-founded Arabic Type Design – Beirut, the first international educational program dedicated to Arabic type design.

Aga Kotowska
Born and based in Poland.

is a graphic designer from Poland. She design visual identifications, websites, and typography. Currently working as a freelancer in beautifull Gdansk. Graduated from UWM in Olsztyn as Landscape Architect and Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Currently student of graphic design on University of the Arts Poznan. 

Her works consist of lettering, with which she experiment in digital and analog way. Interested in typography, illustration, set design and interactive branding solutions.  She also like unusuality and orginality in the process of creation and open to new project challenges. 

Privately, nature, electronic music and lettering lover.

Jane Bowyer
Born and based in Manchester, UK.


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.

Ksenya Samarskaya
United States-based, born in Portugal of 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sasikarn Vongin
London-based Thai.

Sasikarn Vongin is an independent type and graphic designer based in London. She grew her interest in typography while studying Communication Design for her Bachelor degree in Bangkok. She then worked professionally as a type designer for more than 7 years creating retail fonts and custom fonts for local and global brands. 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 renowned type foundries and design studios from around the world.


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 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.

Noheul Lee
Geneva-based South Korean.

Noheul – pronounced “Noelle” – specializes in multi-scripts font design, Hangul and Latin. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication Design from Kookmin University in Seoul. After graduation, she worked as a graphic designer for a Museum, a publishing company, and an architecture magazine. Passionated by type design, she finally decided to study at the KABK, in The Hague. After graduating, she worked for AG Typography Institute as a type researcher. Currently, she works as a type designer in Switzerland.

Her work has received recognition and acclaim; she won the 6th Bang Il Young Cultural Foundation Fund Competition for her Hangul design called ‘Arvana’, available on Future Fonts. She also received Gold medal in the Morisawa Type Design Competition for the Latin design of ‘Areon’. Now she is working on the Latin companion for ‘Naver Maru Hangul Project’ and ‘Areon Latin’, which will release by Morisawa in 2021.

Kaoru Akagawa
London-based Canadien of 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.

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,, 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.

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.