The Design II course was a follow-up of the first series of training workshops. To add new participants to this course, we invited neighbors, especially young people, to a five-session intensive work seminar that would help them integrate into the group. David Nieto and Jorge Mendoza coordinated the course, which comprised a total of twenty sessions and took place during November and December.
The goal of this course was specifically to design printed materials and provide participants with a better knowledge of the use of digital tools. Classes were focused on developing products that addressed specific problems in the barrio. At the same time, to reinforce learning, documentaries about creative and communication work were shown and different designers presented master classes that focused on specific topics. In those classes, Francisco Mateos coordinated an exercise of redesigning the menu for two local coffee shops; Luis Miguel León explained how, in a museum context, a design may be used in different formats (published material, postcards, banners, ads in magazines and bus stops, and museum exhibits); and Ricardo Salas dealt with the use of bidimensional space from an architectural perspective in accordance with the needs and conceptual profile of the printed material. Salas also invited participants to a guided visit of the retrospective exhibit Como un libro abierto (As an open book), at the Museo de la Cancillería (Chancellery Museum).
As a final exercise, participants teamed to design posters about specific problems in the barrio, such as bad hygiene habits concerning pets’ feces and ignorance about traffic rules in the barrio. As a closing, and to evaluate the potential efficiency of those posters on the streets of the barrio, both printed projects were exhibited and neighbors were invited to review their design. A feedback session was organized to evaluate the learning process and dynamics of the course that ended in a gathering with professors, participants and guests.
Participants: Luis Miguel Barro, Monserrat Cruz, Viridiana Gamiño, Lorena Jáuregui, Mariana La Vieille, Uriel López, Andrés Ramírez, Angélica Santiago and Brenda Stempler
Acknowledgments: Francisco Mateos, Luis Miguel León, and Ricardo Salas