• Maria Rogal, Mira = Look Artist Book Detail

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.


marc bell

In his second solo exhibition, Marc Bell seamlessly combines his decade plus comics activities with his lifelong devotion to, as he calls it, “Fine Ahtwerks.” The result is over eighty drawings, watercolors, paintings and mixed media constructions of a fully formed visual world of...
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tropicalia… a revolution in brazilian culture

Visit the site. In February 2006, as Brazil prepares itself for Carnival, the Barbican launches a major, three-month festival entitled Tropicália (13 February – 22 May), celebrating a revolutionary movement in Brazilian culture. Tropicália took its name from an installation created by Brazilian...
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what is taxi design network?

TAXI Design Network What Information does TAXI offer for the design community? Everything the community needs and wants to know. We call the information “Design Essentials” and they are namely » Competition deadlines » Industry headlines » Creative web content » Fresh hot features »...
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The Graphic Imperative

Massachusetts College of Art and Philadelphia University present The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment 1965-2005. It is a select retrospective of forty years of international socio-political posters. Themes include dissent, liberation,...
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how to travel beyond the tour bus

Tips on how to travel and see the local culture. Read the article.
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make your own electronic sewing kit

leah buechley, from the post below, has instructions on her site. interesting. do it yourself electronic sewing kit.
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