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Design Transformation: The effect of global change and the reconceptualization of design in Mexico and Latin America since the 1980’s



What is it that defines design in a country facing the phenomena that led to significant world-wide changes in the 21st century? This document analyses the impact of cultural, social and technological transformations from the 1980’s in the design discipline and the consequences generated in the profession’s development in the first years of the 21st century. In an increasingly changing and complex world, design has reconceptualised, creating new profiles in the professional practice of design and generating change in disciplinary training. As a response to these changes, the design profession has set new limits in its relationship with society, and is faced by the ambivalence of whether attending social priorities and emergencies, or responding to the countless production of goods that are flooding the world through globalized markets. How has this situation affected Mexico and Latin America, and how has this region responded to the transformations being faced in the 21st century? If we were to see design as a system that interacts with the socio-economical, political and cultural environments, its response shows us three different general situations. These identify this discipline in the region and its impact in society within and beyond it’s borders. This text shows the change in design from the historiographical and phenomenological perspective, and explores a prospective analysis on the future of the discipline from the study of the transformations that are building the new paradigm of design in this century.


Palavras-chave: Design transformation, new paradigms, historiography, phenomenology, Mexico and Latin America,

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DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_014

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Como citar:

SALINAS-FLORES, Oscar; "Design Transformation: The effect of global change and the reconceptualization of design in Mexico and Latin America since the 1980’s", p. 259-264 . In: Wong, Wendy Siuyi; Kikuchi, Yuko & Lin, Tingyi (Eds.). Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History [=ICDHS 2016 – 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2016.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_014

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