Diversity & Inclusion Resources


Why Diversity Matters in the Web Design Industry,” by Oliver Lindberg, Creative Bloq (2014)
Maurice Cherry on Diversity and ‘Black Design Aesthetics,’” by Tanya Combrinck, Creative Bloq (2014)
Diversity in Graphic Design,” Rodney Ross (2012)
Design Gets More Diverse,” by Alice Rawsthorn, New York Times (2011)
Bridging Diversity: Ethical Considerations in Design Education,” by Audra Buck-Colman, Ann McDonald and Mark Biddle, Icograda Education Network Conference (2009)
White Space: Examining Racial Diversity in the Design Industry,” by Terry Lee Stone, Step Inside Design (2006)
Introduction to Diversity in Design,” by Beth Tauke and Alex Bitterman, Diversity in Design: The Journal of Inclusive Design Education (2004)
The Diversity of Design,” by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit, Under Consideration (2003)
Cultural Diversity at Work: The Effects of Diversity Perspectives on Work Group Processes and Outcomes,” by Robin J. Ely and David A. Thomas (Harvard Business School), Administrative Science Quarterly (vol. 46, no. 2., June 2001)
African American Designers: The Chicago Experience Then and Now,” by Victor Margolin from Looking Closer: AIGA Conference on History and Criticism (2001)
Graphic Design in a Multicultural World,” by Katherine McCoy, originally published in How Magazine (April 1995)
Equal Opportunities? Minorities in Graphic Design,” by Michele Vernon Chesley, AIGA Journal of Graphic Design (vol. 8, no. 1, 1990)


The End of Diversity as We Know It!: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, by Martin Davidson (Darden School of Business, UVA, 2011)
Designing Across Cultures, by Ronnie Lipton (2002)
Women Designers in the USA, 1900–2000: Diversity and Difference, by Pat Kirkham and Shauna Stallworth (2000)

Companies & organizations

CODE2040 creates access, awareness, and opportunities for top minority engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy.
Design Diversity fosters learning, influences growth, and promotes African Americans in the design profession in Northeast Ohio.
FRESH Speakers represents the next generation of 21st century thinking and action.
Indig is a Native creative agency that brings Native brands into the international arena.
Organization for Black Designers educates the design profession regarding the contributions of African Americans and other designers of color, and increases the number and visibility of African American designers and other designers of color.
StartOut creates great business leaders by fostering LGBT entrepreneurs.


AIGA “Design Journeys: You Are Here,” 2010
Martin Luther King, Jr. Series, hosted by Rhode Island School of Design

Projects & programs

AIGA Chapter Mentorship Program
AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships
Native American Graphic Design Project increases the visibility of Native American/First Nations/Metis/Native Alaskan/Inuit people working in the field of graphic design.

Websites & web series

AIGA Design Journeys archive
Model View Culture, an independent media platform covering technology, culture and diversity.
Revision Path, a weekly interview series that focuses on showcasing Black graphic designers, web designers, and web developers
Women of Graphic Design, by Tori Hinn and Kathleen Sleboda