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Diego Mier y Terán

Estudio frutas y verduras | Mexico

Diego is a graphic designer with a masters degree in type design from the Type and Media program in The Hague. His thesis project was entitled “Tuhun. A typographic exploration of the Mixtec language”. He is interested in investigating and promoting the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of design and its power as an agent of change. He teaches at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico city, and works with his wife and partner, Kythzia Barrera, in their Estudio Frutas y Verduras, a platform for creation that arises in the intersection of design and its surroundings.

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Type and native languages in postcolonial America

Session 741 | Room MIDE
Monday 26 October | 17:00 – 17:50

Duration: 50 minutes

This section is dedicated to the field of typography and native languages of Latin America in postcolonial context. The three panelists will be presenting a brief overview of the rich multilingual reality of their regions (Brasil, Mexico and Paraguay) and bring together key questions they have been faced with through their works on typography research and typeface design: cultural imposition on the transcript of the oral to the written word; lack of typographic and visual criteria in the creation of new writing systems; technological and practical problems in the use of alphabets. As well as showcase how they address these questions.

Food for type — letters à la carte

Workshop NA | Room Anahuac room 6
Thursday 29 October | 10:00 – 13:00

Duration: 180 minutes

Experimental workshop about the relation between letters and food. After a short introductory session about the history of food and design, given by Héctor Galván, participants will work making food and letters simultaneously, looking at both from a phenomenological point of view, as cultural products. Each participant will choose a plate in which to work; the plate will constitute the grounds, the orbis, from which letters will spring. The letters will be made with the ingredients chosen and will have to integrate a coherent discurse in their shapes and in the relation to the plate and the ingredients. How does the plate affect the letter? How do the ingredients determine the shapes? How do food and letters work together? The deep gastronomic traditions of both Mexico and Spain will come together in a feast of letters.

Food for type — letters à la carte

Workshop NA | Room Anahuac room 6
Friday 30 October | 10:00 – 13:00

Duration: 180 minutes

Experimental workshop about the relation between letters and food. After a short introductory session about the history of food and design, given by Héctor Galván, participants will work making food and letters simultaneously, looking at both from a phenomenological point of view, as cultural products. Each participant will choose a plate in which to work; the plate will constitute the grounds, the orbis, from which letters will spring. The letters will be made with the ingredients chosen and will have to integrate a coherent discurse in their shapes and in the relation to the plate and the ingredients. How does the plate affect the letter? How do the ingredients determine the shapes? How do food and letters work together? The deep gastronomic traditions of both Mexico and Spain will come together in a feast of letters.

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