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D4D Initiative

As social designers, we work directly with people, in context—Indigenous artisans, farmers, and organizers—with cultural, social, and entrepreneurial initiatives and we explore ways design can be useful for people in this context.
  • Kuxtal Sian Ka'an
  • Gualberto Cazanova

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working with lol-balché honey cooperative

  We began this project in late 2006 to work with Cooperativa Lol-Balché, a 41-member cooperative who wanted, in addition to selling...
Date :27 Jul
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we design better to live better

We believe that design, in all of its many manifestations, plays an important role in fostering economic, cultural, and social development and...
Date :27 Jul
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Immigration in Yucatan

It is estimated that 153,000 yucatecans immigrate. Many to neighboring Quintana Roo to work in tourism and related industries. Most immigrate to...
Date :27 Jul
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Hach Ki’i Ka’ab orange juice

To develop an identity, business system, and packaging for “Hach Ki’i Ka’ab” orange juice, a product of Cooperativa Cuauhtémoc in Quintana...
Date :27 Jul
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Mint in Mexico

Mint in Mexico is a collaboration between UF Graphic Design and indigenous communities in Mexico. Our underlying principle is that design plays a...
Date :27 Jul
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how do you say ‘Got Milk’ en español?

Grupo Gallegos, a Spanish-language advertising firm, is trying to figure out how to market American brands to a diverse Hispanic immigrant...
Date :31 Oct
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what’s in a name?

One of the new challenges of this project is selecting a name for the honey, a product of 4 cooperatives, that we can trademark in Mexico....
Date :30 Oct
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honey bee crisis in the US

CBS Television program “60 Minutes” has an excellent segment on the honey bee crisis in the US. Honey bees are responsible for the...
Date :30 Oct
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hurricane dean affects the juice project

While our work is almost done, it’s in a state of limbo as our clients and their advisors work to develop their business model....
Date :17 Oct
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