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Mauricio Mejia

Mauricio Mejia

Assistant Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


The Design School
Arizona State University
PO Box 871605`
Tempe, AZ 85287-1605


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


Mauricio Mejia is a design educator, design researcher, and transdisciplinary designer. His design practice and research work focus on how visual and interaction design can be used in strategic goals such as better human experiences and behavior change. He is interested in transdisciplinary collaborations with areas such as psychology, behavioral economics, health, sustainability, and social sciences. Mejia has published articles in recognized design journals such as Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, The Design Journal, Information Design Journal, and Visible Language; and papers in major conferences such as AIGA educators conference, World Design Summit, the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), the Design and Emotion Conference. Mejia received a PhD in Design from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. And he received his Master of Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, with the support of a Fulbright grant. He has taught in universities in United States and Colombia.


  • PhD, Design, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • MDes., Design, University of Cincinnati, 2010
  • BFA, Industrial Design, Universidad Autonoma de Manizales, Columbia, 1998


Journal Articles


Mejia, G. M. and B. Longo. 2018. Design and effect of viral videos for social change. Visual Methodologies 5(2):50-61. (link )

Mejia, G. M. and B. Longo. 2018. Rhetorical appeals or viral videos for environmental and social communication. Visual Methodologies 5(2):50-61. (link )


de la Cruz, A. L. and G. M. Mejia. 2017. Reflective didactic strategy to integrate semiotic theory and creative practice in graphic design education. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 16(1):83-97. DOI: 10.1386/adch.16.1.83_1. (link )

Gallego Gomez, J. D. and G. M. Mejia. 2017. Elementos de diseño que afectan la autoeficacia y la accesibilidad en las interfaces web para el adulto mayor [Design elements that influence self-efficacy and accessibility in web interfaces for elders]. Revista Kepes 14(15):219-249. DOI: 10.17151/kepes.2017.14.15.9 . (link )

Mejia, G. M., M. V. Benjumea-Rincon, P. A. Escandon, A. F. Roldan and A. M. Vargas. 2017. Factores asociados a los hábitos y conductas de personas con sobrepeso, Caldas, Colombia [Factors related to habits and behaviors of overweight adults in Caldas, Columbia]. Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana 19(1):27-40. DOI: 10.17533/udea.penh.v19n1a03. (link )


Guzman Ramirz, J. A. and G. M. Mejia. 2014. Apropiación de la realidad aumentada en comunidades de práctica de videojugadores [Augmented reality appropriation in a gamer community of practice]. IconoFacto 10(15):93-107. (link )

Mejia, G. M. and S. Chu. 2014. A model for visual communication design: Connecting theories of rhetoric, literacy and design. The Design Journal 17(1):29-43. DOI: 10.2752/175630614X13787503069918. (link )


Mejia, G. M. 2013. Visual intelligence and mood in visual communication design. Information Design Journal 20(1):47-57. DOI: 10.1075/idj.20.1.04mej. (link )

Zender, M. and G. M. Mejia. 2013. Improving icon design: Through focus on the role of individual symbols in the constrution of meaning. Visible Language 47(1):66-89. (link )


Chu, S. and G. M. Mejia Ramirez. 2012. Interactive learning for graphic design foundations. e-Learning and Digital Media 9(3):345-355. (link )



Mejia, G. M., P. A. Escandon, A. F. Roldan and J. Velasquez. 2018. Diseño para la salud: Arquitectura de la elección para el control del sobrepeso y la obesidad [Design for Health: Choice Architecture for Obesity Prevention]. Editorial Universidad de Caldas. Manizales, Columbia.

Book Chapters


Londono Lopez, F. and G. M. Mejia Ramirez. 2012. Diseño de Juegos para el Cambio Social [Game design for social change]. In: Londono Lopez, F., G. M. Mejia Ramirez, C. Cuesta Iglesias, L. Villescas Guzman, P. Escandon Suarez and Y. Sanchez Royo eds., Videojuegos, Diseño y Ciudadanía [Videogames, Design, and Citizenship]. Universidad de Caldas. Manizales, Columbia.


Mejia, G. M., F. Londono and P. Escandon. 2011. Social and citizenship competencies in a multiuser virtual game. Pp. 266-280 In: Mura, G. ed., Metaplasticity in Virtual Worlds: Aesthetics and Semantic Concepts. Information Science Reference. Hershey, PA. ISBN: 978-1609600778.


Mejia, G. M. 2006. Investigación de audiencias en los proyectos de diseño de interfaz [Audience research for interface design projects]. In: Chaparro, F. ed., La Investigación en Diseño Gráfico. [Research in Graphic Design]. Editorial Universidad Nacional de Columbia. Bogota, Columbia.