Talk + Panel
Finding our Way through Collaboration

  • What this is

    Conversations that highlight how design shapes the region, with opportunities to learn from designers firsthand.

  • When & Where

    • Sep 9: 1-1:45pm

  • Tags

    Design = Equity, Connection, Transformation
    Discipline Architecture, Experience, Graphic
Talk + Panel
Finding our Way through Collaboration

In this virtual presentation by Mingei International Museum designers Patricia Cué and Elizabeth Martinez, we will share the design process behind the signage and way-finding system at the new Mingei International Museum. We will highlight the collaboration with the architects and fabricators as well as the conceptual, typographic, and technical aspects of a project that you will be able to experience on your next visit to the new museum.

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Through detailed images, we will describe the ways in which code and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements were addressed while maintaining the integrity and originality of our design concept and its connection with the Mingei brand. We will also discuss the role that wayfinding and graphic design serve as agents for inclusivity and accessibility in a museum that places creativity and art of the people at the core of its mission.


Patricia served on Mingei International Museum's Board of Trustees for eight years before becoming the Museum’s Creative Director last fall. She is a Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design at SDSU, where she taught for 10 years. She recently art directed the Museum’s newest publication, Art of the World, Art of the People and is spearheading the identities for the Museum’s inaugural exhibitions. Patricia also serves on the advisory board and oversees San Diego Design Week and is involved in the San Diego/Tijuana bid for a World Design Capital in 2024.


Elizabeth graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in graphic design while also taking classes and following her passion in metalwork. For over three years, Elizabeth has been visually communicating the Museum's brand through digital and print collateral. Her work ranges from creating exhibition identities, vectoring icons, designing layouts for education programs to designing Mingei’s quarterly member journal, Communiqué. Elizabeth has also been instrumental in developing the wayfinding system in the new Museum. In her spare time, she creates jewelry, pins and more for her Etsy store.

About the host

Mingei International Museum

As the presenter of San Diego Design Week, Mingei strengthens its mission by opening its doors (figuratively and literally) to our region’s design community, cultivating a space where one can both inspire and be inspired. Mingei International Museum provides an opportunity for its audiences to engage with craft, folk art and design through its collection and wide-ranging programming. Through its commitment to the community and a revitalized facility, Mingei sparks relevant and stimulating conversations that inspire visitors to imagine and express their own creativity.