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¡New! MFA in Design at UF (2019)

Our new MFA in Design at the University of Florida is set to launch in fall 2019. It is based on my d4d work (with Gaby Hernández)and expands and creates new models to solve real-world problems facing a wide range of clients, partners, and communities in Florida and beyond. The program will reflect and contribute to DVC’s emerging identity as a field informed by theories and methods from a variety of disciplines in the visual arts, humanities, and social sciences.
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d4d lab

The D4D initiative focuses on how we might learn from indigenous entrepreneurs to think differently, and more expansively, about design. My current focus is on Design for Decolonization, although in a previous incarnation D4D was Design for Development.

Mira = Look

This is the Mira Project, in which I explore the visual representation of Mexican-ness through creative work and writing. You will find some of my work in the writing section. I have also published and exhibited book arts, posters, and collections of icons.
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Co-designing for development

Raúl Sánchez (UF English) and I published an essay, “Co-Designing for Development,” in the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design (ed. Rachel Beth Egenhoefer). Our essay uses my decade-long...
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Design Incubation Fellowship

  I recently attended the Design Incubation Fellowship in NYC. It was one of the most relevant, informative, and inspiring professional experiences of my life and certainly the best...
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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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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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