designer/researcher/professor of graphic design, university of florida. interests include globalization, decoloniality, processes, social justice.

design better, live better.

diseñar mejor, vivir mejor.
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Moringa Project for Throwback Thursday

In 2010, students in Technologies and Processes collaborated with NGO Impala Development Services (Swaziland) to create a name, identity, and packaging for Moringa Powder to be sold in Swaziland...
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Rongfei Geng Creative Project

I had the pleasure of working with Rongfei Geng while he was an MFA student at the University of Florida. I ran across his creative project work recently—An Ideal University Life—which was an...
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OpenType

OpenType® is a cross-platform font file format developed jointly by Adobe and Microsoft. The biggest advantages shared by all OpenType fonts are their single file structure, cross-platform...
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Anna Atkins, Botanist, Photographer

I stumbled on the bio of Anna Children Atkins, a 19th century botanist, artist, and photographer. She may very well have been the first female photographer.
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On writing and keeping a notebook

For some time I have been fascinated with notebooks, in part for how we can document ideas and everyday happenings and make connections. This is an interesting article from Masokumi where the...
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Innovations in International Development

On Thursday I made a brief presentation on the work of D4D at the UF Innovations in International Development Symposium. What always impresses me is the range of work being done at UF—well beyond...
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Wixárika Calendar

Project: An intercultural calendar that comparatively presents Wixárika and western concepts of time. The design solution visually documents one Wixárika community’s (San Miguel Huaixtita,...
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Make Bike Rack

GRA3209C: Typography 2 / 3D Typography Make Bike Rack — Each rack textually identifies activities specific to the building. Make was placed in front of the School of Art + Art History.
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United Faculty of Florida—UF

Since this summer I've been working with the United Faculty of Florida–UF to develop a more professional presence. The tangible materials with our identity is coming together nicely. The major...
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Book: 101 Design Methods

Unlike other books on the subject, 101 Design Methods approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical...
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Peruvian Vernacular Design

My friend and colleague Florence Babb has been working in Perú for decades. Recently she shared these exciting products (above) she brought back from Perú this year. Not only do they inspire me...
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Embrace: MX Series

Drawing from the material culture, photographs of people, places and things of México, this work is an attempt to peel back the surface, discover the details, and explore them as constructions of...
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Service Design Tools, an online resource

An interesting site on “the relation between communication design and service design, starting from the observation of the existing practices in the field of service design. The critical points...
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Mexican popular culture

I recently picked up a book I’ve had for a while: El Super (reviewed by Design Boom) by Kurt Hollander. The essay and accompanying photos on vernacular packaging designed for local markets...
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learning design

Many people have asked me how to learn about design outside of the classroom. I've put together a list of resources here. This is especially for people who want to learn more about design on...
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Portfolios/Résumés/Websites

AIGA After School Special Advice for emerging designers very good reading… Résumés Some are more adventurous than others. All should be typeset and designed. Digital Résumés on Mashable
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new years resolutions for designers

I happen to agree with this one: “Ninety percent of design is communication. Half of that will be done in writing. A designer who can’t write can’t defend their work. And work that can’t be...
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wordpress themes for designers

WordPress themes suitable for designers are listed below. There are obviously more. Many offer free along with paid themes. Take a look at these, browse through all since they’re not listed...
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Visual Systems, spring 2012

Some resources for project 1, Design Workshop.
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UFF-UF

In 2010 I began working with the United Faculty of Florida–UF, the faculty union at the University of Florida—to
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Embrace: MX Series

Drawing from the material culture, photographs of people, places and things of México, this work is an attempt to
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Hach Kaab Honey

Exhibited at the MX09: Social Impact of Design Conference in Mexico City. This poster presents the dynamics,