Granshan is the hub for global visual identity. We celebrate the typefaces, typography, and communication design that enable communities to develop culture and enterprise in a balance between local, regional, and global. The annual conference is a forum for exchange and learning about designing for environments that respect complex social and personal cultural histories, and respond to a world that grows at the same time more interconnected and intimate. The theme of the conference is “Navigating communities”. Our programme is developing around the interaction of typefaces, texts, wayfinding, and the text-based systems we rely on to navigate daily through physical and virtual environments. We bring together speakers with global expertise and local knowledge, to discuss how design can change communities, give focus to enterprise, and underpin regional identities. The conference is organised under the auspices of the American University in Cairo, and takes place in the historical downtown Tahrir campus. Our location brings together neighbourhoods rich with overlapping cultures, a vibrant metropolitan environment, and a gateway to a region developing into a global hub.