• 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.



B2B: Red Cross

Course: GRA4187C Design Workshop Annual Report/Business to Business Communication The annual report project is part of the senior capstone experience and for several years we have taught this as a combined project in the two senior studio courses—running concurrently for four weeks. It is a...
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Client Presentation Tips for Designers

Cassie McDaniel’s (UF BFA 2006) fantastic article is here.
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Semilla Maya

Semilla Maya

This was a collaborative project funded by the United Nations Development Program for a regional initiative: Rescate y fomento de semillas y plantas comestibles autóctonas (Rescue and promotion of edible native seeds and plants). The focus is to catalog and revalorize native seeds that are...
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portfolios for inspiration and ideas

Iain Claridge Studio via Laila Simonovsky See more on the portfolio page
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Design has changed. Designers, not quite.

It has become clear to (almost) everyone by now that the word design does not simply fit into the “beautification of objects” slot any longer. Read the article on ICOGRADA’s site.
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Free manuals for open source software

FLOSS Manuals is a collection of manuals about free and open source software together with the tools used to create them and the community that uses those tools. They include authors, editors, artists, software developers, activists, and many others.
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