Hola, I’m Juliana Castro Varón, a designer focused on digital rights, user experience and language. I’m interested in how interfaces and design shape the ways we communicate among humans and with machines. Currently, I work as the Senior Designer at ⇲Access Now. I’m also the founder of ⇲Cita Press, a feminist open-access digital library ⇲sponsored by Educopia and supported by a Mellon Grant.

I recently created ⇲apology and ⇲optimism generators, just for fun. I’ve been part of art, design and technology events in Portugal, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Tunis and the US. In the past, I received a Fulbright Scholarship for the Arts, worked for the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet at Harvard University, the Visual Arts Center in Austin, the Guggenheim Museum in NY and the contemporary art institution NC-arte, in Bogotá. With Cita Press, I represented Colombia in the Iberoamerican Design Biennal and ⇲won a Latin American Design Award. ⇲AIGA’s Eye on Design called Cita “a genius platform” “dedicated to good design.” I’m trilingual, enjoy ⇲taking walks, ⇲making playlists, ⇲doodling and keeping a collection of ⇲feelings English doesn’t have. I’ve lived in Armenia, Turin, Austin, Cambridge, Brooklyn and Bogotá.

Recent publications: ⇲Shifter 25 – Waiting, ⇲Are.na Annual, ⇲Illustrations for La Nación, ⇲Urgency Reader at Yale’s Odds and Ends Art Book Fair, ⇲Love Letter to Friendship – Desk Lunch, ⇲An essay on failure and creativity for The Creative Independent

Press: ⇲AIGA Eye on Design, ⇲AdobeXD, ⇲It’s Nice That, ⇲KCRW’s Here Be Monsters[PODCAST], ⇲Del Segundo Sexo, ⇲CBC’s Spark[PODCAST], ⇲AIGA’s Design Diary, ⇲Site of the Day on Typewolf, ⇲Kriteria

Say hello: ⇲Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, ⇲Are.na, ⇲Github, ⇲Email

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