Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Everyone has to begin somewhere. Begin learning about the Diversity & Inclusion field here.

There's a lot of information about Diversity & Inclusion out there. We've compiled it in one place, so that whether you're an AIGA chapter leader or a designer looking to learn more, you can start with a slew of great resources all in one place.

Annual impact reports

How has AIGA Diversity & Inclusion made a difference throughout AIGA, including operations, marketing, and community outreach and partnerships? Find out what the organization is doing to support this initiative by reviewing its annual reports.


Whether you're just starting out, or consider yourseld well-versed in all things Diversity & Inclusion, discover new insights from a range of reading materials spanning introductory basics to academic research.

Introductory learning list

Curated by the Diversity & Inclusion task force, this learning list is a great foundation for designers that are on the beginning of the social justice learning curve, and will help you to think critically about equity, inclusion, privilege, and bias throughout your work.

Design research

Review current research in design which focuses on issues of diversity, and was produced by members of the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion task force.


Read essays about the professional lives, contributions, and portfolios of designers—contemporary and historical—from traditionally under-represented groups or backgrounds.


Learnings from Harvard's Black in Design conference,” Michele Y. Washington. (2018)
Hiring and Retention: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace,” by AIGA. (2016)
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)

External resources

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Series, hosted by Rhode Island School of Design
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.
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

Learn more about AIGA Diversity & Inclusion.