The #ZEROWALLS Competition

On 9 November 2019 we’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that divided Berlin for 28 years. This was made possible by the peaceful revolution of courageous people in the GDR who took to the streets to demonstrate for their freedom. When the wall fell, anything seemed possible. Wunderbar!


Today, 30 years later, we find ourselves in a situation that we thought we had already overcome. Political leaders and populists want to convince us that the Wall is an effective political tool to master our global challenges. But as the philosopher Noam Chomsky already says: walls that separate people from one another are the architecture of violence.


Tell stories with GIFs!

The #ZEROWALLS GIF Competition 2019 aims to collect animated GIF stories that show how to tear down walls. The visible ones that separate us from other people, the invisible ones that keep us away from important information, and the self-made ones in our heads that block our clear view of life. Invited are international graphic and animation designers, typographers, illustrators, photographers and artists. The closing date for submissions is 4 November 2019.


The Berlin Wall GIF is a work by Rasalo, a designer from Malaga, Spain. ►

Participation is worth it!

From all entries, a jury of design and communications experts will select the 5 GIFs that impressed them the most. And because the only walls we love are made out of books, each of the 5 winners will receive a high-quality collection of books with over 2000 pages of inspiration. Many thanks to GRAFT Architects, Edition Panorama, bobsairport, Slanted Publishers, JOVIS Publishers, Amberpress, University of California Press and the Federal Agency for Civic Education for supporting this competition by providing us with these great books.

Walls that separate people from one another are the architecture of violence.

The Jury

Our jury comes from Mexico, Israel, Ukraine, Germany and the United States. Please visit their website to learn more about their great work.