So, I am new at blogging and after reading what people have posted I feel like I can get the hang of this. That is kind of the reason why it took me so long to write something here because I really had no idea as to what I would write. As I was thinking about how design has impacted my life, and how I am always thinking about design in everything I see, I remembered that while I was in Mexico this last summer, my design eye was in for a treat.
I was born in Mexico, but I came to the U.S at the age of 5 and have lived here ever since. I had not been to Mexico since I was five so when I had the chance to go last Summer, I was so excited and nervous. I had taken a History of Latin American Art class that Spring QT before I went, so I was looking at with an Art and Designer eye.
One of the things that caught my eye were the logos for the cell phones, companies and home businesses. I thought that it was so amazing that in the neighborhoods the people themselves painted on their family business names, and I really enjoyed their twist on type and color. Anyway, when I went on the famous train line in Mexico, well well, my design eye was so happy to see that each station on a line was identified by an icon. I thought it was the coolest thing ever because their icons were so simple and colorful, but obviously my family was accustomed to it so they did not find it as fascinating as me. This experienced has pushed me to look at my country and more Latin American art as inspiration (as my classmates from other classes have noted) that I have been making a lot of work related to Mexico. I feel that for me, as an immigrant, connecting with Latin American art has helped fill a void I had felt as an artist.