form Nº 277.
The Mexican design scene is small, but all the better for being linked up. It is not as visible as it would like to be, but is on the way to becoming so through contributing to social change by liaising between industry, crafts, and society. In form 277, we have captured this development in articles on the history of and present-day Mexican design, in interviews with current movers and shakers, and by using examples from the built environment.
Betaking oneself to a new country means breaking new ground. This is why we are focusing on examples of architecture drawn from throughout the whole of Mexico. To do this, Juan José Kochen has put together nine representative buildings that have been built or modified in the past six years.
The reminder of Mexico’s geographical proximity to the USA is usually noted in negative headlines in the press, although the design history of both countries demonstrates that there has been fruitful interaction on this front since the year dot. Ana Elena Mallet exemplifies this using Mexican jewellery design, which made Taxco a creative hotspot for Mexicans and American citizens from all creative disciplines.
Likewise, by casting a glance beyond the borders of their own country, four proponents of the Mexican design scene, if they have not already studied abroad, are making a difference as professional designers on the international stage. Moisés Hernandéz, José de la O, Joel Escalona, and Jorge Diego Etienne discuss their views of Mexican design in four short interviews.
In their articles, Kassim Vera and Regina Pozo expound what distinguishes current Mexican design and where it is likely to go in the future. These articles look at the role of design in everyday life, and at the context in which design is embedded in Mexico.
In addition, we report in this latest issue on the development of an insulin kit for children, introduce new typeface developments and investigate the current hype about manifestos in design. Furthermore, in the Archive section, we take a look at the history of the hologram as a form of presentation, and there is an interview on the future of the batteries in the Material section.
As always, you can read three articles from this issue online. This time the articles are “Erzählstrukturen – Storylines” on contemporary illustration, Kassim Vera’s article entitled “Streifzüge durch den Alltag – Design for the People” on the current design trends in Mexico, and a piece on the progressive digitalisation in the fashion industry, “The Digital Season”.