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About me
I'm Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray, designer from Ecuador specializing in experimental type, pattern fonts and typography in motion. I work on research of the visual signs of the original cultures of Latin America to share their ancestral knowledge through design, with one foot in the past and one in the future, I propose visual reinterpretations that are constantly evolving.
Known as "Amuki" (inner silence), 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.
Her achievements, after 18 years experimenting in the research project "Visual Chronicles of the Abya Yala", have led her to be a finalist, win an award and two mentions in the Ibero-American Design Biennial, some of her experimental typefaces have been selected in Bienal Tipos Latinos and with her book she has obtained a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club, and has also given talks in United States, Francia, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, México and Ecuador, as well as workshops on the different methodologies used in the research project, teaching young Latin Americans the importance of research in the creative process.
Her work has been featured in Letterform Archive, Femme Type, Graffica, Computer Arts, Communication Arts, among others.

Her work of kinetic typography with the foundry Sudtipos of Argentina for to promote the typographic family Fixture in 2018 has obtained together with Alejandro Paul, a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club of New York (2019).
At the end of 2014, Amuki started the enterprise of the "Rukuyaya" brand, where she captured the patterns and illustrations of the research in different physical and digital media.
While studying for my Master's Degree in Design in Argentina, I had the honor of meeting my mentor Gustavo Valdés de León and he left me a great teaching that summarizes what the Studio focuses on.
Amuki is a study and experimental laboratory, a space for interaction of different products, techniques and disciplines, but converging with the aim of generating qualitative changes in design and teaching; "a space to imagine and apply new values, objectual, visual and communicational, suitable for the fluid deployment of creative thinking and, at the same time, sensitive to the demands of society".
Press
Letterform Archive
Beyond the Bauhaus:
Ecuador, Land of the Shuar
05.26.2022. Written by Tanya George
Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray refocuses geometric and systematic design principles on a culture far from 20th-century Europe.
Femme Type
The Legacy Of Ancestral Latin American Design: Patterns & Fonts
01.11.2022. Written by Zoe Loring Murphy
Since 2004, Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray, an Ecuadorian designer working primarily with pattern and modular fonts, has been building on a research project that aims to elevate the legacy of ancestral Latin American design, entitled Visual Chronicles of Abya Yala.
Rayitas Azules
Mujeres en Tipografía:
Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray
06.07.2021. Written by Ana Moliz
Vanessa Zúñiga se escapa a cualquier intento de definición. No se trata solamente de que la tipografía experimental juegue un papel esencial en su obra o de la creación de patrones y piezas modulares a partir de piezas arqueológicas de culturas ancestrales latinoamericanas; es, sobre todo, la riqueza, ambición y profundidad del planteamiento conceptual de su trabajo.
Interview: Communication Arts
Studying Ancient Cultures
With her modular typography, designer Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray hopes to honor the cultural heritage of Latin America.
Computer Arts:
A New Regular Fixture in motion
02.2019. WRITTEN BY COMPUTER ARTS
How Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos designed the new grotesque typeface Fixture, while animation studio Amuki created dynamic motion promos.
Graffica
Vanessa Zúñiga, embajadora de un nuevo vocabulario visual basado en las culturas precolombinas
12.18.2021. Written by Astrid Fedel
Desde Loja Ecuador, Vanessa Zúñiga juega con las fronteras de la tipografia inventando un nuevo lenguaje visual que toma directamente sus raíces en las escrituras precolombinas. La diseñadora mezcla historia, antropología y diseño en un proyecto que ambiciona revalorar una estética latinoamericana a nivel regional e internacional.
Talks
Typographics 2022:
The Living Forest. Nunka Ánent
06.18.2022. Cooper Union. New York. USA
Bipoc Design History:
Otros susurros desde los Andes
10.10.2021. LOS ÁNGELES. CA. USA
Universidad de Buenos Aires:
Abya Yala. Crónicas Visuales
De la investigación a la acción.
12.05.2021. Posgrado en Ilustración Profesional. Argentina
Portland State University.
Matthias Kemeny Design Lecture Series:
Whispers from the Andes
03.03.2021. SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN. PORTLAND. OR. USA
Typographics 2020:
Whispers from the Andes
07.24.2020. Cooper Union. New York. USA
Abya Yala. Crónicas Visuales
10.2018. Universidad Blas Pascal, Universidad Siglo 21, Universidad Provincial, Colegio IES. CÓRDOBA. ARGENTINA
WORKSHOPS
NIVEL I
MODULARIDAD CON PROCESSING
Diseñar un sistema de módulos que permitan combinarse entre sí y que a través del uso del processing se pueda obtener aglomeraciones de módulos más complejas.

ACERCA DEL TALLER
NIVEL II
MAKING A PATTERN FONT
Diseñar un sistema de módulos que permitan combinarse entre sí y que a través del uso de Fontself o Glyphs se pueda ilustrar patrones, letras y sistemas de identidad visual.

ACERCA DEL TALLER
NIVEL III
MODULARIDAD CON P5*JS
Diseñar un sistema de módulos estáticos y dinámicos que permitan combinarse entre sí en la pantalla de su navegador a través del uso del p5*js.

ACERCA DEL TALLER
Book
ABOUT BOOK
The book compiles the best of the first 50 experiments that designer Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray carried out in her first 7 years of researching the visual signs of the original cultures of Ecuador in the project "Visual Chronicles of Abya Yala".
PRINT
In 2014 few copies were printed to share the research project at conferences around the world. No prints in stock at the moment.
AWARDS
TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB. 2017
BIENNIAL LATIN TYPES:
AMARU AND MODULAR FONT. 2016
TWO MENTIONS:
IBERO-AMERICAN DESIGN BIENNIAL. 2014
VER CATÁLOGO. PÁG.58.
GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARD:
IBERO-AMERICAN DESIGN BIENNIAL. 2012
TIPOGRAFÍA SARA / MAÍZ
VER CATÁLOGO. PÁG.148.
Abya Yala
Crónicas Visuales
Abya Yala Visual Chronicles corresponds to the second phase of the research “Approach to an Andean Basic Visual Vocabulary” project that was born within the framework of the Master's Degree in Design at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (2004-2006).
Abya Yala Visual Chronicles focuses on recording the experiments that are carried out with the repertoire of visual signs of the cultures originating in Latin America that the researcher has compiled, and tries to demonstrate that the visual signs that we find in archaeological pieces, textiles, etc. they can be reinterpreted and reused to create new symbols, under a process of recontextualization that allows to revalue, celebrate, amplify and translate globally the historical memory of Latin America, leaving aside the passive attitude where the deterritorialized signs of other cultures are imposed each Again in our collective imagination.
Currently, Abya Yala Visual Chronicles has 132 records, which have been developed since 2007 (+100 Experimental Typographies (modular typographies, pattern fonts), + 10000 Andean and geometric patterns, + 15000 modules; illustrations, icons, posters, repertoire of visual signs, brands for products, visual identities, motion graphics, among others). Each record is a search for experimentation, a fun activity that seeks to contribute to the enrichment of the Latin American visual identity.
At the moment we have included records dedicated to Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico, we will continue walking this land that we share expanding our vision and strengthening our historical memory.
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