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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.
"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.
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.
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.
Diversity and Inclusion
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Georg Olden received an AIGA Medal in 1988 for his pioneering contributions to the field of television graphics and for leading the way for future African American designers.
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