designer + writer

based in San Francisco


Aurora Colón is a designer, writer and photographer with an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. A multi-faceted designer who is comfortable designing for the extremes, her ultimate goal is to use design and storytelling to make complex topics visible and accessible.

Aurora’s design work ranges from data visualization to the design of brand identities and exhibitions across multiple media. Her personal projects question the power dynamics that define contemporary graphic design, often criticizing the cultural role of the designer in the age of alternative facts, porous borders and big data. She grew up between the Andean valleys of Quito, Ecuador and Washington DC’s working-class immigrant diaspora. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

*AIGA DC: Design Scholarship Recipient Aurora Colón



Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
MFA Graphic Design
College Teaching of Art Certificate
Thesis: Not Created Equal: Visualizing Wealth Inequality In Baltimore

University of Maryland-College Park
BA Studio Art, Graphic Design
Latin American Studies Certificate
Advanced Studies in Political Science


New Media / Digital Design Intern for Bernie 2016 at Revolution Messaging
Creative Director at International Child Art Foundation
Design Consultant at National Council of La Raza
Design Consultant at CASA de Maryland
Graphic Designer at Latin American Studies Center

Teaching internships

History of Graphic Design - AH 341
Faculty: Ellen Lupton & Brockett Horne
Planned and delivered a lecture titled The History of Art Nouveau and Jugend Magazine

Flexible Design Studio (Portfolio Development Studio) - GD301
Faculty: Brockett Horne
Conducted weekly portfolio critiques
Coordinated Visiting Designer workshops

Electronic Media & Culture - First Year Undergraduate Foundation
Faculty: Edgar Reyes
Planned and delivered a lecture titled Culture Jamming and The Society of the Spectacle