Diversity & Inclusion Books and Articles

Whether you're just starting out, or consider yourself well-versed in all things Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, discover new insights from these recommended reading materials spanning introductory basics to academic research.


Learnings from Harvard's Black in Design conference,” Michele Y. Washington. (2018) 
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)
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)
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)
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.
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


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.