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“Design Journeys” is a collection of stories about the professional
lives, contributions and portfolios of historically under-represented
designers that serves as an accessible body of research honoring their
Individuals selected for “Design Journeys” are published in this
online archive including visual samples of their work with an
insightful, biographical essay.
In 2005, the AIGA Task Force on Professional Diversity developed a
list of recommendations for increasing diversity within the profession.
Among the stated goals were to publicize outstanding designers of
varying backgrounds and create traveling shows of the work of diverse
designers. The “Design Journeys” project seeks to achieve both—by not
only celebrating the stories and work of these practitioners, but also
influencing the next generation of young people from all backgrounds to
consider design as a viable and rewarding career.
The archive’s board of advisors
convened for a day in the summer of 2007 and reviewed candidates
recommended through AIGA’s online form for this project, ultimately
selecting 25 designers to be featured in the first “Design Journeys”
From May 20 through August 6, 2010, “Design Journeys” was presented to the public in an interactive exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center. “Design Journeys: You Are Here” celebrated the work of the 25 pioneering designers and invited audiences to consider their own paths in life.
by Steven Heller
Gail Anderson (2008 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for her eloquent editorial and entertainment desi...
by Alan Rapp
Designer and educator Archie Boston admits he likes to test boundaries when possible, and holds that...
by Jesse Ashlock
Andy Cruz established the basic modus operandi for what would one day become the Delaware-based t...
by Daniel Schulman
One of Chicago's leading black artists and
designers in the
1920s and '30s, Charles Dawson is b...
by Michele Washington
Aaron Douglas, a leading artist of the
Harlem Renaissance, helped set in motion a
new visual la...
by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
In the 1960s and '70s, Emory Douglas oversaw the art direction and
production of the official ne...
Rafael Esquer's fascination with typography inspired him to
study graphic design. His days of pus...
by Holly Willis
Karin Fong is a founding member of Imaginary Forces and the designer
behind a long list of stellar ...
by Laura House
Through her work for clients in business, nonprofit and government, design strategist Sylvia Harris ...
by Serafin Méndez
Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar was a pivotal figure of the
fields of design and
plastic arts d...
by Geoff Rogers
mastermind John C Jay moves seamlessly across
disciplines in an impossibly broad world...
by Jamin Brophy-Warren
A designer and educator who came to design through a love of graffiti, Steve Jones is the co-found...
by Camille Lowry
Kirkpatrick, founder of the social-design consultancy Helvetica Jones, grew up in Chicago...
The author of Afrikan
Alphabets, a comprehensive review of African writing
From Zimbabwe to Switzerland to Zambia and, finally, the United States, graphic designer and educato...
by William Bostwick
Punk rock was Pablo Medina's first
taste of graphic design: “All these symbols and logos and sten...
in Mexico and now living in Los Angeles, Rebeca Méndez
thrives on the threshold of discipl...
by Jade Chang
Manila-born, San Diego-based designer Bennett Peji embraces the self-coined aphorism “form follows...
Few designers have done as much
as Samina Quraeshi to integrate design, education, research,
by Charles Hively
with Edel Rodriguez you hear the recurring theme of
freedom. As a boy, the Cuban-born ar...
The designer behind some of Spike Lee’s most iconic movie posters, Art Sims is
the founder and CEO ...
by Jesse Ashlock
During her long career as a design
practitioner, educator and “cultural
by Angela Riechers
Michele Washington's journey
as a graphic designer, educator and writer reflects
an omnivorous ...
by Lauren Weinberg
LeRoy Winbush (2008 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for his pioneering influence as a self-taught des...
by David Gottwald
Woods once dreamed of playing in the NBA, but instead the 6' 10“ designer has reached new ...
Designed by TODA, the “Design Journeys” exhibition promotes diversity in design by celebrating the achievements of 25 selected culturally and racially diverse practitioners, and encouraging aspiring designers from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career.
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Lorraine Wild (2006 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for her work as an influential and inspiring designer, writer, historian and teacher of design.
Section: Inspiration -
AIGA Medal, teaching, writing
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