How do designers record and share stories? Join historian and illustrator Fernando Norat as we explore his series, Libros que no existen (Books That Do Not Exist). Afterwards, take part in a hands-on exercise that will explore how oral histories connect with design and illustration.  

Come prepared to exchange and illustrate a local legend or urban myth. Leave with a unique design and a greater understanding of how designers share stories and preserve memories. 

Suggested Materials:

  • Pen, pencil, or digital drawing tool
  • Paper


Fernando Norat (b. 1995, Aibonito, Puerto Rico) is a historian and illustrator, currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. His illustration work focuses on Puerto Rican popular culture, memory and oral history, and tragicomedy. He is currently a Ph.D.candidate in Caribbean History at Brown University, focusing on Cuban history and its former relationship with the Soviet Union. 


This free program will feature a conversation and hands-on workshop hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. 

About Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held each month starting December 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops.

Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation.


Featured Image: Fernando Norat