| May 4, 2010 |
AIGA presents "Design Journeys: You Are Here"
Boh staff
By Staff

Over five years ago, the AIGA Task Force on Professional Diversity developed a list of recommendations for increasing diversity within the profession. Among the stated goals were to create awareness of outstanding designers from culturally and racially diverse backgrounds and create traveling shows of the work of diverse designers. The Design Journeys project seeks to achieve both—by celebrating the lives and achievements of 25 selected practitioners, and encouraging aspiring designers from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career. The resulting show, an interactive exhibition open to the public, will be on display at the AIGA National Design Center at 164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) in New York May 20 through July 23.

“Design Journeys” is a collection of stories about the professional lives, contributions and portfolios of historically underrepresented designers that serves as a publicly accessible comprehensive body of research honoring their accomplishments. Individuals selected for “Design Journeys” will be published in an online archive that includes visual samples of their work with an insightful, biographical essay. A traveling exhibition is planned for 2010.

The archive’s board of advisors convened for a day in the summer of 2007 and reviewed candidates recommended through AIGA’s online form for this project. The board selected the following designers to be featured in the first “Design Journeys” installment:

Gail Anderson, creative director, design, SpotCo

Archie Boston, founder and principal, Archie Boston Graphic Design

Andy Cruz, owner and art director, House Industries

Charles Dawson, artist and designer

Aaron Douglas, artist and illustrator

Emory Douglas, graphic artist

Rafael Esquer, founder and principal, alfalfa studio

Karin Fong, director and partner, Imaginary Forces

Sylvia Harris, information design strategist

Lorenzo Homar, graphic artist

John C Jay, global executive creative director and partner, Wieden+Kennedy

Steve Jones, principal and creative director, Plantain Studio

Garland Kirkpatrick, founder and principal, Helvetica Jones

Saki Mafundikwa, founder and director, Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVE)

Chaz Maviyane-Davies, professor of design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston

Pablo Medina, founder and principal, Cubanica

Rebeca Méndez, founder and principal, Rebeca Méndez Communication Design

Bennett Peji, founder and principal, Bennett Peji Design

Samina Quraeshi, co-founder and principal, SQ Design Publishers

Edel Rodriguez, artist and illustrator

Art Sims, founder and CEO, 11:24 Design Advertising

Lucille Tenazas, founder and principal, Tenazas Design

Michele Washington, founder and principal, Washington Design

LeRoy Winbush, founder and principal, Winbush Design

Maurice Woods, founder and chair, Inneract Project

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