• Design Journeys Archive

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    “Design Journeys” is a collection of stories about the professional lives, contributions, and portfolios of designers—contemporary and historical—from traditionally under-represented groups or backgrounds.

    This archive serves as an accessible body of research honoring their accomplishments and inspiring today's emerging designers. Individuals selected for “Design Journeys” are published in this online archive along with visual samples of their work and an insightful, biographical essay.

    First launched in 2007, the project is being revived by the AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The archive will be expanded in Summer 2015 with an additional 10 designers and will continue to grow each year. Submit your nominations by contacting Aidan O'Connor.

    Like the AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative itself, the collection seeks to comprehensively represent diversity—considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, geography, discipline, age, and other factors that may shape creative perspective and professional experience.

    History of the project

    "Design Journeys" was originally conceived in 2005 through an AIGA Task Force on Professional Diversity. The project aims to celebrate the stories and work of selected practitioners while also inspiring the next generation of young people from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career. The first installment of 25 designers (below) was selected by a "Design Journeys" board of advisors in 2007 and was featured publicly in the interactive exhibition, “Design Journeys: You Are Here,” at the the AIGA National Design Center in 2010.

    About the AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

    Launched in 2014, this initiative aims to encourage diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to expand the future strength and relevance of design in all areas of society. Learn more and get involved, and join the conversation on Twitter @AIGAdesign#AIGAtogether.

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    • Gail Anderson

      Gail Anderson

      by Steven Heller

      Gail Anderson (2008 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for her eloquent editorial and entertainment desi...

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      Archie Boston

      by Alan Rapp

      Designer and educator Archie Boston admits he likes to test boundaries when possible, and holds that...

    • Andy Cruz 300

      Andy Cruz

      by Jesse Ashlock

      Andy Cruz established the basic modus operandi for what would one day become the Delaware-based t...

    • Charles Dawson 300

      Charles Dawson

      by Daniel Schulman

      One of Chicago's leading black artists and designers in the 1920s and '30s, Charles Dawson is b...

    • Aaron Douglas 300

      Aaron Douglas

      by Michele Washington

      Aaron Douglas, a leading artist of the Harlem Renaissance, helped set in motion a new visual la...

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      Emory Douglas

      by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

      In the 1960s and '70s, Emory Douglas oversaw the art direction and production of the official ne...

    • Rafael Esquer 300

      Rafael Esquer

      by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

      Rafael Esquer's fascination with typography inspired him to study graphic design. His days of pus...

    • Karin Fong 300

      Karin Fong

      by Holly Willis

      Karin Fong is a founding member of Imaginary Forces and the designer behind a long list of stellar ...

    • Sylvia Harris 300

      Sylvia Harris

      by Laura House

      Through her work for clients in business, nonprofit and government, design strategist Sylvia Harris ...

    • Lorenzo Homar 300

      Lorenzo Homar

      by Serafin Méndez

      Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar was a pivotal figure of the fields of design and plastic arts d...

    • John C Jay 300

      John C Jay Has 10 Lessons for Young Designers

      by Geoff Rogers—10 Lessons for Young Designers

      Creative mastermind John C Jay moves seamlessly across disciplines in an impossibly broad world...

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      Steve A. Jones

      by Jamin Brophy-Warren

      A designer and educator who came to design through a love of graffiti, Steve Jones is the co-found...

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      Garland Kirkpatrick

      by Camille Lowry

      Garland Kirkpatrick, founder of the social-design consultancy Helvetica Jones, grew up in Chicago...

    • Saki Mafundikwa 300

      Saki Mafundikwa

      by Camille Lowry

      The author of Afrikan Alphabets, a comprehensive review of African writing systems, Saki Mafun...

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      Chaz Maviyane-Davies

      by Jamin Brophy-Warren

      From Zimbabwe to Switzerland to Zambia and, finally, the United States, graphic designer and educato...

    • Pablo Medina 300

      Pablo Medina

      by William Bostwick

      Punk rock was Pablo Medina's first taste of graphic design: “All these symbols and logos and sten...

    • Rebeca Méndez 300

      Rebeca Méndez

      by Holly Willis

      Born in Mexico and now living in Los Angeles, Rebeca Méndez thrives on the threshold of discipl...

    • Bennett Peji 300

      Bennett Peji

      by Jade Chang

      Manila-born, San Diego-based designer Bennett Peji embraces the self-coined aphorism “form follows...

    • Samina Quraeshi 300

      Samina Quraeshi

      by Alan Rapp

      Few designers have done as much as Samina Quraeshi to integrate design, education, research, cul...

    • Edel Rodriguez 300

      Edel Rodriguez

      by Charles Hively

      Speaking with Edel Rodriguez you hear the recurring theme of freedom. As a boy, the Cuban-born ar...

    • Art Sims 300

      Art Sims

      by Holly Willis

      The designer behind some of Spike Lee’s most iconic movie posters, Art Sims is the founder and CEO ...

    • Lucille Lozada Tenazas 300

      Lucille Lozada Tenazas

      by Jesse Ashlock

      During her long career as a design practitioner, educator and “cultural nomad,” Lucille Tenaza...

    • Michele Y Washington 300

      Michele Y. Washington

      by Angela Riechers

      Michele Washington's journey as a graphic designer, educator and writer reflects an omnivorous ...

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      LeRoy Winbush

      by Lauren Weinberg

      LeRoy Winbush (2008 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for his pioneering influence as a self-taught des...

    • Maurice Woods

      Maurice Woods

      by David Gottwald

      Maurice Woods once dreamed of playing in the NBA, but instead the 6' 10“ designer has reached new ...

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