About


Hola, I’m Juliana Castro Varón, a designer and creative director with a decade of experience working with cultural institutions, ad and news agencies, and non-profits. I’m the Senior Design Editor of A.I. Initiatives at the New York Times, the founder of Cita Press, and an affiliate at metaLAB and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, both at Harvard University. In the past, I’ve been a Fulbright Scholar and a Mellon Foundation Grantee. My interests range from the literary line between fact and fiction, to the beauty of Times New Roman, to weird AI memes. 


Writing: I’ve written about heroes for Atlas Obscura, AI for the Miami Herald, failure for Kickstarter, and translation for Are.na. My debut essay collection, Papel sensible, came out in 2022 with Planeta, the world largest Spanish-language publisher. You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Buscalibre, and bookstores in Colombia. 

Press: I recently joined the Wonks & War Rooms podcast and Charlas con Charli to talk about AI and image manipulation. I’ve talked about design and digital rights with AdobeXD, and AIGA’s Eye on Design. I’ve talked to CBC twice, once about failure and another time about AI. In Spanish, I’ve spoken to El Tiempo, Infobae, CityTV, and more. El Colombiano selected Papel sensible as one of the 22 books of 2022.

Speaking: I’ve presented my work (mainly on design, tech, AI and creativity) in events all over the world. 7 Fellows Predict the Future at the Harvard BKC, a conversation with Joanne McNeil at the Harvard Bookstore, keynoting the Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels, 2024 Internet Archive Public Domain Day, HarvardxDesign Conference, April 20, 2024.