14 Feb Conversations on Diversity in Design
February being #BlackHistoryMonth, we think it’s a good time to talk about #diversity in the world of graphic arts. Conversations surrounding racial diversity in the graphic arts community are not new.
We invited five African American designers to weigh in on the importance of diversity in design by answering the following three questions:
- Conversations surrounding racial diversity in the graphic arts community are not new. What is the overall benefit of diversifying the graphic art / design industry?
- Black graphic artists / designers are often the only one of their kind in any one room at a time. What can we do to change the makeup of the graphic art / design community so it looks more like the world we live in?
- Name a black graphic artist / designer other than yourself, living or deceased, that made an impact on your aesthetic or work style. How does that impact present itself in your work?
Diversity in Design: Tiffany Ricks
Tiffany Lynne, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, and offers visual strategy and brand design tailored for established brands.
Diversity in Design: Randall Wilson
Randall Wilson, UX Design Manager at Capital One, is an organizer for HUE Design Summit and founder of the hip hop LEGO studio Most Incredible.
Diversity in Design: Jasmine Yvette Kent
Jasmine Kent has a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from NCSU. She currently works as a Junior Apparel Designer for Under Armour.
Diversity in Design: James Howard
James Howard studied Graphic Communications and web design at North Carolina A&T, and now works as a software engineer at Mailchimp.
Diversity in Design: Alphonso Jordan
Alphonso Jordan is the founder and CEO of Yellowbird, an Atlanta-based startup and a co-founder of a design collective that empowers black creatives.