Latino Design Histories: Mexican Railways and Information Design

We are back with the Latino Design Histories series! Join us for our 2022 season with the Society of Design Arts (SoDA) and AIGA Baltimore. Our next online talk will be presented by the information design researcher María González de Cossío from Mexico.

The development of railways in Mexico became a landmark of modern life, as in several other countries in the 19th century. Interesting information design objects were created for the construction and development of the railway system back then, such as maps and charts. However, the knowledge related to such objects has remained in the realm of cartographers and other specialists. The study reported in this presentation shows that information design can help us understand the history and be acquainted with questions, such as: why it took so much time to build one railway line, what problems were faced, what comparisons can be made, and what were the consequences of the advent of the railway.

AIGA Baltimore and SoDA member Raquel Castedo will moderate this event, and Baltimore-based visual artist Edgar Reyes will join us for the Q&A session.

Thank you to AIGA Unidos and Stevenson University for partnering with us and to the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the Design History Society for funding the series.

👉🏼 The program will be presented in Spanish. Interpretation in English and Portuguese will be available.

1) The event will be online using Zoom. Click here to register for free.
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María González de Cossío is a researcher of information design from Mexico. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Reading, UK. María González de Cossío published in different international journals such as Visible Language, Tipográfica, Digital Creativity, Print and Information Design Journal. She is the author of Information Design and everyday life (2016) [Diseño de Información y vida cotidiana], published by Designio Publishing House. Her research interests are focused on information design for social impact.

Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Reyes earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profit organizations, schools, and museums. Many of his projects are autobiographical and a reflection of his personal journey as an undocumented youth in the United States. Reyes is driven by the desire to raise an awareness and question the displacement of his community. He explores how the blending of Indigenous and European traditions is an ongoing process of conquest and resistance. His art practice highlights the beauty of being Mexican American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. He challenges social norms to express what it means for him to be labeled Latino. His art making is centered around building compassion and understanding regarding the complex history of forced and voluntary resettlement throughout the Americas.

When & Where
Thu, Jun 30, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM