• 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.


Cool Effects Light Shirt

(The “me” in this post refers to we make money not art folks.) Leah Buechley and Nwanua Elumeze have recently developed a light-shirt that plays the ‘game of life’ with cool blinking patterns. The lights come on and animate vibrantly, captured by me on video 1 & 2 ....
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vinyl lettering resource

Visit the Graphics & Photography Office of Academic Technology for more information on Vinyl Output. Latest prices are $12.00 setup and $3.50/foot (up from last year but still probably competitive with what’s in town).
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i love you kitten

A cute kitty song just for Valentine’s Day. It’s subtitled… and just so bad it’s good.
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everything you wanted to know about binding

This brochure on binding, produced by Via, is an excellent resource on all types of commercial binding. Download the 2MB PDF file: binding.pdf
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How to find your first job

Read article. An article on the AIGA site that’s a little sugar-coated, but worth the read for graduating seniors.
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kumbham: artisan community

This is an interesting story of the economic and cultural revitalization of a village in Kerala, India. ” kumbham (meaning clay pots) presents the story of an artisan village recapturing the craft they had all but lost, and redefining it to the contemporary world. kumbham presents the...
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