UF Faculty Department College
Maria Rogal Graphic Design College of the Arts
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
Maria Isabel Pineda Department of Graphic Design and Corporate Communication Universidad Jose Cecilio del Valle
Mira = Look: Tegucigalpa x Florida, Diseño y Pertenencias | Design and Belonging
Project Description:


In this binational design collaboration, we explored how we perceived ourselves and each other, learning about assumptions and demystifying culture and everyday life by learning about designers in context. We always seek to design with purpose and with people in context. The lens through which we do this is often unconscious, but it guides our choices and decisions. It is an amalgamation of our bodies, lived experiences, contexts, where we’ve been, what we observe and experience, the people and cultures surrounding us, and so much more. In this project — a virtual exchange — we set out as two groups of designers in different locations and from multiple national origins to explore and experience telling our stories to and with each other, to unpack who we are and inform how we know ourselves, each other, and how we proceed.

Learning Outcomes:

· Introduce participants to an international collaborative experience to build their intercultural capacities.

· Explore how sharing culture can richly inform one’s perspective of the world and, in turn, one’s design practice.

· Develop and/or strengthen communication skills, increasing sincerity, responsibility, and tolerance in the personal and work environment.

· It will increase students' sense of belonging and improve their self-esteem by encouraging collaboration and enhancing teamwork.

· Students can use skills necessary for collaboration, including communicating, responding, clarifying, asking questions, iterating, compromising, and negotiating.

· By the end of this project, students will be able to design compositions that communicate interactions and exchanges using language, typography, and other design elements.

Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
6 UF students; 7 students from Honduras
Graphic Design
UF Course Code & Name:
GRA 6930/6931C - Research & Practice/Seminar
Project Duration:
9 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Student-to-Student Project
Time allotted to each activity:
Technology Tools:
Miro (free)
Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator, InDesign, etc. (paid)
Google Docs/G Suite (free)
Teams (via UF)
Notion (free)
Google Translate (free)

Sequence of Activities: