the MxD – our new MFA, Design & Visual Communications

Our new MFA in Design at the University of Florida is set to launch in fall 2019. Its origins are with the d4d work and expands and creates new models to solve real-world problems facing a wide range of communities in Florida and beyond. The program will reflect and contribute to DVC’s emerging...
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Transforming Design: Indigeneity and Mestizaje in Latin America

UF Design Professors Gaby Hernández and María Rogal, along with Rául Sánchez of UF’s Department of English, led an international group of designers and design educators in a conversation titled “Transforming Design: Indigeneity and Mestizaje in Latin America.”
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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 design research initiative, Design for Development, a collaboration with indigenous entrepreneurs in...
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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 recently. There were many things that made this great. Here are a few: As a field, we need more of this. And...
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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 and South Africa. The moringa tree is fast growing and drought resistant and has the added value...
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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 exploration of expectations, hopes, fears, and experiences of Chinese youth in and after university.
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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 connection between the physical act of writing is discussed in the context of long-term creativity and...
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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 what I see on a daily basis. These are colleagues working all over the world who have amazing...
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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, Jalisco, México) oral tradition of time in the community’s own words. Background: Westernized...
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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 work has been to the website and the the newsletter. My goal is to...
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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 set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings.
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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 the whole.
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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 and the opportunities concerning the use of communication tools during a service design process also...
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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 is interesting. As a big fan of Mexican popular culture I was mesmerized once again and it brought...
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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 their own or want to explore more over the summer for example. It is not a comprehensive list by far.
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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 defended will die.” from mike monteiro in .net.
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