In these globalised times, where it’s easier to talk with someone in another country than with your neighbour next door, many companies have some of their core members working in different continents.
Graphic Mint is no stranger to this as one of our current staff members, Mario (that’s me), has been working from across the Atlantic since he left Ireland two years ago.
After completing a Master’s in Ireland, a brief stay in Spain, Mario went back to his native Mexico, where he has been working to expand Graphic Mint’s transcontinental branches into the Latin American market. As a Senior Digital Media Designer, his job consists of (among several other things) bringing exciting new features to the websites we produce, as well as researching, planning, and applying interaction design principles to improve user experience for our clients.
Mexico and Ireland have more in common than you might think. Both are mostly Catholic countries that fought huge colonial empires of their time in order to gain their independence. Both countries have some of the biggest ethnic groups in the United States.
Regarding environmental issues, Mexico and Ireland have been working together in recent times. Just last week, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, visited Mexico City as a distinguished guest and signed the Mexico City Pact on Climate Change, a very important treaty where world mayors commit to reduce their local greenhouse gases emissions voluntarily, among other things.
Although it’s not considered a major holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many Irish pubs in Mexico City, not necessarily in honour of the famous saint, but rather in honour of a bunch of Irish soldiers from the 19th century. Few people outside Mexico know that a large number of brave Irish men are considered heroes in this country.
The St. Patrick’s Batallion, led by John O’Riley, fought alongside the Mexican Army from 1846 to 1848 during the Mexican American War. And not only that, there’s even an Irish hero called William Lamport who fought for Mexico’s independence from Spain in the 17th Century, two centuries before the actual War of Independence took place. Some people even claim the legend of Zorro was based on him!
The remains of this brave global adventurer from Wexford lie now in the ‘Angel of Independence’, Mexico’s most important historic monument.
So there you have it, step by step, Graphic Mint is becoming a global conglomerate. Sooner than you know it we’ll be on every continent, not just bringing great user experiences, but also promoting multiculturalism, cross continental collaboration and greener values that will help in making this place a better, nicer, and more user-friendly place to live.