Marysol Ortega Pallanez

Marysol Ortega Pallanez

PhD in Transition Design

mortegap@andrew.cmu.edu

Marysol is an interaction designer, design researcher and currently a teaching fellow in the School of Design and an adjunct instructor in HCII. 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, she worked at Fjord —a service design consultancy—in the Stockholm and Copenhagen studios for four years driving service and experience strategy, leading generative workshops and defining interaction design structure for areas as employee experience, banking services, and the humanitarian sector.
 
Her research is positioned in the interplay between personal actions and collective, systemic changes to address socio-environmental issues. She is exploring how this could be done by setting up emancipatory arenas for dialogue and analysis of individual voices and collective future-sensing. These emancipatory arenas are mediated through textile practices as means for engaging in co-operative inquiry for personal transformation in order to change what happens around us.
 
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).
 
Research Interests:
  • Socially and culturally embedded design with groups and social practices
  • Personal forms of action as a way to engage in collective action
  • The role of emotion in addressing systemic challenges
  • Textile practices as political, pedagogical, and affective
  • Future-making through agonistic pluralism