How coastal communities are adapting to a changing weather

Global warming and the global climate crisis continue to make headlines in news outlets: from increasing floods, to droughts and fires. By the end of the century, global temperatures are expected to increase 4C under the current trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. 21.5 million people were displaced each year between 2008 and 2016 by some form… Continue reading

Is Mexico paying for Trump’s wall?

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared that if elected he’d build a wall along the US-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. Trump publicly announced various estimates for his border wall. The cost estimates ranged from $8 billion to $25 billion in 2018, a figure that was requested to US congress that year, and… Continue reading

Urban Data and Urban Resilience

Cities in the 100 Resilient Cities network are embracing the use of information and technology to improve the livability of cities. Due to the growing interest in open data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and increasing use of sensors, cities are collecting and using data to plan for a multitude of resilience challenges, and inviting… Continue reading

Measuring the value of design

In the 20th century the role of designers was majorly understood as that of shape-makers, skilled folks who refine the way objects look. Think car-styling, or how the fashion industry delivers new clothing styles every season. Beyond surface and form, design is a skill that creates new products or services. Design has been embraced by… Continue reading

SD Standard

How can a designer have a positive impact on the planet? What should designers consider? Should designers be accountable for the emissions they contribute to producing from the products they design? Or should we be held accountable for the human rights we promote? Or fail to support? The SD Standard is a project I’ve been… Continue reading

Book samples video

Quick glimps of two books I designed: 1- Hyperborder, The Contemporary US-Mexico Border and Its Future (Princeton Architectural Press). 2- Simplexity (Hatje Cantz).

Conejo en la Luna – A socially-driven enterprise

Conejo en la Luna is a company that sells artisanal food products, made mostly by women who work in rural parts of Mexico. My work with this project was to design the visual identity, packaging and other communication products for the company. The brand positions the product with other gourmet products, and communicates the social mission… Continue reading

Advertising in cities: Learning from Netflix, Intel and Google

When it comes to the visual landscape of cities, advertisements and billboards have played an important role across the world. Take Times Square. It is the world’s most visited place. This New York intersection provides a spectacle to over 300,00 visitors and tourists who pass by everyday.[1] These signs, designed to insert brand names in our minds to increase sales,… Continue reading

US Clean Power Plan halted by Supreme Court

The COP21 meetings in Paris this past December were applauded by some as an historic event that would allow the 195 signing countries to collaborate on a plan to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and  avoid global temperatures from rising 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.[1] That is the estimated threshold that would ensure low-lying nation states like… Continue reading

Book: Spanish edition of Do Good [Design], by David Berman

Haz el bien diseñando, the Spanish edition of Do Good Design, by David Berman, explores the ethical implications of communication design and the role designers play as accomplices in mass media production. The author has decades promoting social responsibility among design professionals and has been influential in the adoption of web accessibility legislation and ethical rules of conduct… Continue reading