• 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.


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Hach Kaab Honey

Exhibited at the MX09: Social Impact of Design Conference in Mexico City. This poster presents the dynamics, influences, and implications between producers (the cooperative), designers, and the context (consumers, tourists, local community). This poster extends my interest in information design...
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Dia del Migrante Yucateco

Indemaya Murals

Approximately 153,000 Yucatecans are immigrants. In 2006–2007 I worked with the Subdirección de Atención a Migrantes, a division of the Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Cultura Maya del Estado de Yucatán (Indemaya), which provides services for immigrants and the families they leave behind, to...
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Indemaya Website

A Microsite for INDEMAYA’s office that works directly with immigrants and their families in the US and Yucatán. Working with representatives and Maya constituents from INDEMAYA, my research supported the site’s intent to provide an overview of their services, contacts, and demystify a...
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cover letters

Petrula Vrontkis writes a good article on common mistakes in cover letters and résumés, focusing on what not to do (and then how to do it). In particular, I like the idea of never starting with “Hey ….”
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merida en domingo

9 Dynamic Digital Resumes That Stand Out From the Crowd

But if you know what you’re doing, and need a little inspiration, here are 10 digital resumes with some very cool visuals. via 9 Dynamic Digital Resumes That Stand Out From the Crowd.
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