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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


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). 


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.


undercurrent/overview 8 at the tampa museum of art

An article on the exhibition I am in at the Tampa Museum of Art is featured on the Tampa Tribune website. The exhibition runs through July 9th.
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exhibition at the tampa museum of art

My work is featured in underCURRENT/overVIEW 8, a showcase of contemporary art in Florida that features the work of 30 artists from throughout the state. This special exhibition includes 42 works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, and sculpture to video, installation art, and photography....
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book format

looking at this in relationship to conversations – a book by julie chen.
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mel gibson’s movie on the ancient maya

As the Maya kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), a young man chosen for sacrifice, flees the kingdom to avoid his fate. APOCALYPTO — The Official Movie Website. For an article...
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Work Worth Doing

A design/strategy/think tank in toronto Work Worth Doing looks like an interesting place. particularly this project… Increased economic and migratory flows between Mexico and the United States have integrated their economies and cultures more than ever. Hyperborder 2050 maps these...
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HOWdesign Career Advice Archives

Visit the HOW site for a huge archive of career advice articles, including what to wear. HOWdesign.com – Job Bank – Career Advice
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