Ashleigh Axios

About Me

Creative Director, Digital Strategist, Designer, Maker, AIGA National Board Member

Member Since July 2006
Member Type Design Leader
AIGA Chapter Washington DC
Title Design Exponent
Email moc.liamg@soixa.hgielhsa
Website www.ashleighaxios.com
Field Art direction/Creative direction
Design management
Web design
Bio Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change.
  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Robert, I read incredible frustration and pain in your post and am sorry for the things you've gone through. Nobody should have to be victimized for the color of his/her skin and you're right that this has a historical and lengthy precedent in the US for people of color and black people in particular. I appreciate you sharing your story here. I'm also sorry that not all of the comments will be completely constructive, however I do think it's important that we have these conversations about race which allow for stories like yours to be told and heard. This type of sharing can help make personal some of the issues that are easily generalized and polarized by mass media. To call you on a bit of bias: please don't use statements like "white snow" to refer to another race. You bring up many good points and personal experiences, but that type of generalization can obscure the main points of your message and further divide the audience. There are many people here to figure this out together, across racial divides.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    It appears that a few comments on this page were removed. We're looking into bringing them back so we can continue the conversation.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Joey, Sorry we'll miss you during the live event. Video of the event will be posted in the following days. You'll be able to find it, or a link to it, on this very page. Thanks

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Clay, Thanks for commenting, however there's no room in the chain for constructive dialogue with the way in which you commented. Your statement generalizes a whole race of people, which is not a great way to have a fruitful dialogue. I can assure you that you don't know what black people have decided, because there is no global forum for black people that decides things for the race. Nor is there such a thing for any race. This type of language is divisive instead of constructive. I'd love to unpack the issues with you, but will kindly ask you to use I statements and speak from your own experiences, being specific about the problems you face personally and avoiding grand generalizations. Can I ask you to reframe the problems you're facing or the opportunities for change? Thank you

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    FYI, I haven't seen the comment yet. Kick it to me if you get it first.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Rodney! Thank you for the comment. As a small correction, we'll be talking about racial justice *by* design today. We've defined this in the FAQs above as well. While similar to what you're discussing, it's focused on problems and opportunities outside of the design community. "Racial justice in design" would be about getting to racial equity in the field of design. This is what you were discussing, yes? That's something AIGA believes in and is one of the reasons there's a Diversity & Inclusion initiative (which has been around awhile) and also a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force (which is a newer development!). Please read more about AIGA's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative here: http://www.aiga.org/diversity-and-inclusion-initiative/ Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force here: http://www.aiga.org/Diversity-and-Inclusion-Task-Force/ I can assure you that the D&I Task Force is working hard (no BS) on these issues and would value any insight or feedback you're willing to offer. They put their minds and their hands to work on this each day and engage new people and partners along the way. Similarly, this effort is one that is around racial justice in our society and the role that design and designers may be able to play — as some already have — in bridging divides, creating understanding, finding human-centered solutions to the problems we face. We are early in this process. Tonight's conversation will be just the start to figuring out how AIGA and community members can support in this and what is most needed. Thanks for your comment. I look forward to hearing more from you!

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    ashleigh.axios@gmail.com

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Rick, Thanks for your comment. I happen to feel similarly. It will be nice to put the various perspectives together to discuss ways that design and designers might enable understanding and a constructive path forward. I hope you'll tune in live tomorrow and will also engage online using the hashtag #AIGATogether. That's a great way to ask questions during the event.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Mr Walker, If your other comment contained inappropriate language or inaccurate data, it would have been removed by the page moderators. I'm happy to chat separately if you'd like. I'm chairing the town hall and would love to hear your perspective since I missed it. It sounds like it was relevant to the event?

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    This is great stuff, Willhemina — thanks for sharing. Many of the folks working on these issues for AIGA are based in different areas, but if you reach out when you're in the states we can see what we're able to make work. Feel free to reach out to us via this link — which will hit the Design for Good initiative folks: http://www.aiga.org/contact.aspx?sel=designforgood Or this one — which will let us know you want to stop by the AIGA space in NYC: http://www.aiga.org/contact.aspx?sel=visitaigahq

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Design and the Civil Rights Movement"

    Great post! It's so important to remember that design has the power to evoke responses or even change minds, hearts, laws, and lives. It's not about the designer or the specific type choice, but, in movements, it often seems to be about the basics: clear, concise, and appropriately emotive or evocative communication. This also enphasizes how important perspective is. For example, one really has to have been in a march to know the power of an image at its wake.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Robert, I read incredible frustration and pain in your post and am sorry for the things you've gone through. Nobody should have to be victimized for the color of his/her skin and you're right that this has a historical and lengthy precedent in the US for people of color and black people in particular. I appreciate you sharing your story here. I'm also sorry that not all of the comments will be completely constructive, however I do think it's important that we have these conversations about race which allow for stories like yours to be told and heard. This type of sharing can help make personal some of the issues that are easily generalized and polarized by mass media. To call you on a bit of bias: please don't use statements like "white snow" to refer to another race. You bring up many good points and personal experiences, but that type of generalization can obscure the main points of your message and further divide the audience. There are many people here to figure this out together, across racial divides.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    It appears that a few comments on this page were removed. We're looking into bringing them back so we can continue the conversation.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Joey, Sorry we'll miss you during the live event. Video of the event will be posted in the following days. You'll be able to find it, or a link to it, on this very page. Thanks

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Clay, Thanks for commenting, however there's no room in the chain for constructive dialogue with the way in which you commented. Your statement generalizes a whole race of people, which is not a great way to have a fruitful dialogue. I can assure you that you don't know what black people have decided, because there is no global forum for black people that decides things for the race. Nor is there such a thing for any race. This type of language is divisive instead of constructive. I'd love to unpack the issues with you, but will kindly ask you to use I statements and speak from your own experiences, being specific about the problems you face personally and avoiding grand generalizations. Can I ask you to reframe the problems you're facing or the opportunities for change? Thank you

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    FYI, I haven't seen the comment yet. Kick it to me if you get it first.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Rodney! Thank you for the comment. As a small correction, we'll be talking about racial justice *by* design today. We've defined this in the FAQs above as well. While similar to what you're discussing, it's focused on problems and opportunities outside of the design community. "Racial justice in design" would be about getting to racial equity in the field of design. This is what you were discussing, yes? That's something AIGA believes in and is one of the reasons there's a Diversity & Inclusion initiative (which has been around awhile) and also a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force (which is a newer development!). Please read more about AIGA's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative here: http://www.aiga.org/diversity-and-inclusion-initiative/ Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force here: http://www.aiga.org/Diversity-and-Inclusion-Task-Force/ I can assure you that the D&I Task Force is working hard (no BS) on these issues and would value any insight or feedback you're willing to offer. They put their minds and their hands to work on this each day and engage new people and partners along the way. Similarly, this effort is one that is around racial justice in our society and the role that design and designers may be able to play — as some already have — in bridging divides, creating understanding, finding human-centered solutions to the problems we face. We are early in this process. Tonight's conversation will be just the start to figuring out how AIGA and community members can support in this and what is most needed. Thanks for your comment. I look forward to hearing more from you!

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    ashleigh.axios@gmail.com

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Rick, Thanks for your comment. I happen to feel similarly. It will be nice to put the various perspectives together to discuss ways that design and designers might enable understanding and a constructive path forward. I hope you'll tune in live tomorrow and will also engage online using the hashtag #AIGATogether. That's a great way to ask questions during the event.

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    Hi Mr Walker, If your other comment contained inappropriate language or inaccurate data, it would have been removed by the page moderators. I'm happy to chat separately if you'd like. I'm chairing the town hall and would love to hear your perspective since I missed it. It sounds like it was relevant to the event?

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Racial Justice by Design"

    This is great stuff, Willhemina — thanks for sharing. Many of the folks working on these issues for AIGA are based in different areas, but if you reach out when you're in the states we can see what we're able to make work. Feel free to reach out to us via this link — which will hit the Design for Good initiative folks: http://www.aiga.org/contact.aspx?sel=designforgood Or this one — which will let us know you want to stop by the AIGA space in NYC: http://www.aiga.org/contact.aspx?sel=visitaigahq

  • Ashleigh Axios commented on the article "Design and the Civil Rights Movement"

    Great post! It's so important to remember that design has the power to evoke responses or even change minds, hearts, laws, and lives. It's not about the designer or the specific type choice, but, in movements, it often seems to be about the basics: clear, concise, and appropriately emotive or evocative communication. This also enphasizes how important perspective is. For example, one really has to have been in a march to know the power of an image at its wake.

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