Julia Born lives and works in Zurich. After completing her studies at Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2000 she worked on various projects between Switzerland, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Her work focuses on editorial design for a variety of cultural clients including the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Basel, ICA Miami, Guggenheim Museum New York, Hamburger Bahnhof, HKW and Brücke-Museum in Berlin, documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens. Her work, developed in close dialogue with institutions, curators and artists, includes publications, identities, exhibition design, and more.
Throughout her career she has continually collaborated with other designers and artists on investigative projects, with—among others—photographer Uta Eisenreich, fashion designer JOFF, and performance artist Alexandra Bachzetsis. These projects revolve around the subject of language and representation. Born regularly teaches graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and ECAL, École cantonale d’art de Lausanne, and is a visiting lecturer at international art and design institutes. On the occasion of the Inform Award for Conceptual Design, she produced her first solo show and the catalogue, Title of the Show, at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany. In 2021 she received the Swiss Grand Award for Design.