Breakout

G. Mauricio Mejía

The Design School at Arizona State University

Mauricio Mejía is a design educator, practitioner, and researcher. He is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. His practice and research work focus on how design methods can be used in strategic goals such as better human experiences, the transformation of lifestyles, and social change.

Get to know Mauricio

Tell us about a project or accomplishments from the past 10 years that had a major impact on your life or career.
I have taught design and done research in two countries.

What is your favorite color, and why?
I like green because it reminds me of the Colombian rainforest. Besides, my kids don’t allow me to pick red or blue because those are their favorites.

What keeps you going when you’re focused on a project? Is there a particular saying or song that gets you moving?
I look for ways to generate useful tools and research for designers. As we legitimize our field, people will understand our contributions to society.

What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
I find practical and rapid ways to find solutions to challenges.

What design or career advice would you give to your younger self?
(a) Don’t do spec work; (b) Hey, all design is political, think about the hidden ethical implications of your work.

If you were given the opportunity to see into the future, what would you want to know?
Whether civilization will survive climate catastrophe. 

How do you think design impacts your everyday life? The community?
We live in a designed world not only visually and physically. Complex services and systems are designed. We designers, need more strategic thinking to solve complex problems from brands to policy.

 If you hadn’t ended up in the career you are in, what do you think you’d be doing?
I love teaching and research, and try to do design practice as much as possible. 

Attend Mauricio’s breakout presentation “Designing (Intentionally) for Behavior Change” on Saturday, October 12 at the PHXDW Evolve Design Conference.