The topic of racial diversity in the graphic design community has been going on for well over 20 years. The intensity ebbs and flows, but the premise is the same: what can we do change the makeup of the graphic design community so it reflects the multicultural world we live in?
Let’s look at what we know. Design-driven companies in Silicon Valley like Twitter report only single-digit percentages of American employees of color. Design conferences and smaller events promise to do better every year after unveiling speaker panels with majority white speakers. And between magazines, podcasts, and other media, the field of design can look like it’s only created for and by a certain group of people.
How do we fix this? Can we fix this? And what’s the overall benefit of diversifying the design industry? I explored these questions and more in this video based on my recent SXSW presentation titled “Where Are The Black Designers?”
AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative encourages diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to expand the future strength and relevance of design in all areas of society. There are lots of different ways you can get involved. See how you can contribute, volunteer, or add your voice to the conversation.
Maurice Cherry is the founder and principal at Lunch (formerly 3eighteen media), a multidisciplinary studio in Atlanta, GA that helps creative brands craft messages and tell stories for their targeted
audiences, including fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. Past clients and collaborators include Vox Media, NIKE, Mediabistro, Site5, SitePoint, and The City of Atlanta.
Maurice is a pioneering digital creator who is most well-known for the Black Weblog Awards, the Web’s longest running event celebrating Black bloggers, video bloggers, and podcasters. Other
projects of Maurice’s include the award-winning Revision Path, 28 Days of the Web, and The Year of Tea. His projects and overall design
work and advocacy have been recognized by NPR, Creative Market, Upscale Magazine, EBONY, HOW Design, News One, CNN, AIGA, Creative Bloq, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and The Los Angeles Times.
Maurice is also an educator, and has built curriculum and taught courses on web design, web development, email marketing, WordPress, and podcasting for hundreds of students over the past ten years. Maurice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse
College and a Masters degree in telecommunications management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Diversity & Inclusion is a new AIGA initiative with the mission of encouraging diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society.
Section: Tools and Resources -
advocacy, culture, diversity, education, social issues, social responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion
Antionette Carroll of AIGA St. Louis, the chair of AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion task force, shares some background on the problem of diversity in design, why it matters, and what this program hopes to achieve.
Section: Tools and Resources -
DesignEd K12, advocacy, diversity, social responsibility, Design for Good, Diversity and Inclusion
When most designers look at how to approach social issues, they tend to think about creating a meme, a poster, or T-shirt design. Spurred on by the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Antionette Carroll wanted to do more.
Section: Inspiration -
social issues, Diversity and Inclusion
For 24 hours, ten designers from various communities and backgrounds brainstormed, strategized and designed approaches to the #Ferguson unrest, the recognizable racial divide in the St. Louis community and the nationwide issue of police brutality.
Section: Why Design
AIGA Baltimore is excited to announce that Orange Element has agreed to be the official Design Week branding sponsor for this year’s fifth annual Baltimore Design Week. Learn more about this Baltimore design agency and their commitment to focus on the Baltimore community and be proactive in helping make our city a better place.
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