Gaby Hernandez is a multidisciplinary social designer and design researcher, with expertise in design for development and visual storytelling. She has significant international experience working with disadvantaged communities and indigenous groups in México and Costa Rica. Her scholarly and creative activities include peer-reviewed articles, national and international conference presentations (including the International Association of Societies of Design Research—IASDR Conference (2017, Cincinnati, Ohio), the Design Research Society Biannual Conference (2016, Brighton, UK; 2018, Limerick, Ireland), and the AIGA Design Educators Conference: New Ventures (2014, Portland, Oregon), Make (2018, Indianapolis), and Decipher (2018, Anna Arbor, Michigan)), exhibitions, and sponsored design projects in branding, editorial design, illustration, expressive typography, collaging, and information design. Her current work concentrates on the exploration and integration of topics of heritage and diversity in the design classroom, community engagement, and design for good.
Gaby is an active member of the AIGA—the professional association for design. She is an AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force member, a national initiative of design leaders who concentrate on "raising (diversity and inclusion) awareness, offering guidance to the organization and its members by participating in purposeful dialogues and activities." Her activities include reviewing members’ concerns that pertain to D&I issues and representation, aiming to diffuse potential biases, as well as provide a set of best practices and time-sensitive expert recommendations both for chapters and for the AIGA office when facing communications crisis related to diversity in the design profession and beyond. She is also a member of the AIGA Design Educators Community, a national committee seeking to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice, design theory and design writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
She received her MFA in Graphic Design and Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She also holds a BA in Mass Communication with emphasis in Advertising from the University of Costa Rica. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Latin American Studies, and a recipient of the AIGA+Amazon National Design Conference 2017 Fellowship in recognition of her work on the diversification of the design profession and design education.