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The World of Social Impact Design in Mexico City: The World’s Design Capital

By February 8, 2019February 6th, 2020Design Inspiration, Far Away Places

The World of Social Impact Design in Mexico City

The World’s Design Capital

By Josh Layton | February 8, 2019


It’s a metropolis of epic proportions. 21 million people living and working in one of the most colourful, delicious, vibrant and contrasting cities on earth. Known locally as CDMX (Cuidad de México), this creative mecca, awash in its signature pink (Pantone 226C), is playing host to our Creative Director, Josh Layton, for the next three months as he explores the world of social impact design in Latin America. As 2018’s World Design Capital, we can think of no better place to start this adventure.

For over a decade this city has inspired Loop’s work, and our mission to use design as a way to help world-changing organizations amplify their impact. It’s a city of stark contrast, sensory overload (in the best possible way), pressing social and environmental challenges, and design culture that beats through the heart of the city. It’s also a hotbed for NGOs, social enterprise and game-changing innovations that are shaping a better future here and around the world.

For years we’ve been inspired by a new generation of Mexicans, who are creating ingenious solutions to local problems that can be scaled to global proportions. In our work with Dignify at the Hult Prize in 2018, the world’s largest competition for social enterprise, we were inspired by the work of Mexican finalists uGas, a dry-toilet business that employs refugees in slums and transforms waste into biogas. Watching this drive for social innovation flourish, we are excited to explore the intersections with design over the coming months and explore the potential for this philosophy in Latin America.

We’re excited to share stories, inspiration and insight over the next little while and invite you to take in this creative capital with us!

Stay up to date on the Good News Blog and join us on Instagram @DesignForSocialGood for stories and posts as we take in the colours, tastes, and design culture of CDMX!

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Hasta Luego!