Marysol Ortega Pallanez

Marysol Ortega Pallanez

PhD in Transition Design

mortegap@andrew.cmu.edu

Marysol is an interaction designer, educator, embroiderer and currently a teaching fellow in the School of Design. As a teaching fellow, Marysol leads courses in Design Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
 
With over 12 years of experience in professional practice, she has worked in the areas of service design and digital products collaborating with organizations in Mexico, the Bay Area in the US, the Scandinavian countries, The Netherlands, among others. Prior to joining the doctoral program in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), she worked at Fjord —a service design consultancy—in the Stockholm and Copenhagen studios for four years. At Fjord, Marysol's role was of driving service and experience strategy, leading generative workshops and defining interaction design structure for areas as employee experience, banking services, and the humanitarian sector.
Previous teaching experiences as interaction design lecturer include the Human Computer Interaction Institute at CMU in the US and Universidad Tecmilenio in Mexico, teaching both courses in design theory and practice. 
 
Marysol is a Fulbright scholar with a Master in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University (2013) and a BFA in Graphic Design from Universidad Del Valle de Mexico (2004). She is one the creators and hosts of Design in Transition/Diseño en Transición, a bilingual podcast about designing for systems level change toward sustainable and equitable futures.
 
Areas of inquiry:
  • Pedagogical and care-based design practices
  • The politics of textile-making
  • The role of narrative and embodiment in addressing systemic challenges
  • Future-making through pluriversal design.