overview / resumen

I am a designer, researcher, and professor of design at the University of Florida. Please reach out if you are interested in design pedagogy, co-design, or design futures.

KEY WORDS co-design, horizontal methods, social justice, equity, self-determination, design for development, decolonize

Soy diseñadora, investigadora y profesora de diseño en la Universidad de la Florida, EEUU. Por favor, comuníquese si está interesado en la pedagogía del diseño, el diseño conjunto o el diseño de futuros.

PALABRAS CLAVES co-diseñar, métodos horizontales, justicia social, equidad, auto-determinación

research

My work is situated in the social, cultural, and political aspects of design, especially as these relate to globalization and decoloniality. This also extends to ways we can use design processes and strategies to address complex and pressing problems.

I have two research projects described below: 1) Design for Development (D4D) initiative, in which I and my students co-investigate (i.e., partner) with subject matter experts and indigenous entrepreneurs who seek autonomy as they make and market their products and 2) the Mira Project, in which I explore the visual representation of Mexican-ness through creative work and writing.

I have presented my work at numerous international and national conferences and recently published “Co-Designing for Development” with Raúl Sánchez in the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design (2018). 

investigaciónes

En investigación mi principal línea de acción es a través de la iniciativa Diseño para el Desarrollo (D4D), en la cual co-diseñamos con otros diseñadores, alumnos, y expertos, ideando proyectos sustentables de comercio justo con emprendedores indígenas (Maya, Wixárika) en México. 

He presentado los resultados en numerosos congresos como MX Diseño: Impacto Social de Diseño y Academia Europea de Diseño. He publicado en Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design (2018) y la revista Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal, entre otros. Contribuyó al Manifiesto Internacional de Educación en Diseño (ICO-D).  Mi obra creativa ha sido exhibida internacionalmente, en lugares como Reino Unido, Hungría, Cuba, Venezuela, México, y los EEUU.

journal

women increasingly pick husbands’ surnames over their own

“In a 1997 study of more than 10,000 Midwesterners, men thought women who kept their surnames were more likely to work outside the home, less likely to enjoy cooking, less likely to attend church and – this is the clincher – less likely to make good wives.” Enough said. Read the full article.
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fortune cookie

The thought that leads to no action is not thought – it is dreaming.
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democracy in afghanistan

very interesting revelation on the use of symbols for a semi-literate public in afghanistan. apparently each of the 6,000+ candidates was assigned a symbol approved by the UN for its neutrality (the symbol’s that is).
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more links from aiga conference

A collection of various links I've assembled.
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podcasts/pdfs from aiga 2005 national conference

Several podcasts and pdf screen presentations are available on the AIGA site, mostly from the mainstage presentations.
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harper’s index

Indeed one of my most favorite things about Harper's Magazine is their Index. It's always filled with astute cultural commentary.
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works

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