Why visual design has never been more important for educating the masses

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Graphic designer Denishia Macon talks to Doreen Lorenzo about design’s power to educate, brands chiming in on social justice movements, and the challenges facing Black designers today. Denishia Macon is the lead graphic designer and design consultant for Macon Designs . She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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Remodeling? Hire a black designer

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7 black interior designers to know right now According to the 2019 Design Census , which tracks the demographics and specializations of designers, only 3% of surveyed designers are black. That extends to the home furnishings and interior design industry. A young organization called the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) seeks to highlight the work of lesser-known artists, makers, and designers in this industry. Read Full Story

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What organizations get wrong about design research

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Lauren Serota, former head of service design at Yoma Bank in Myanmar, discusses mistakes companies make during design research, the challenges of remote work, and why sometimes designers shouldn’t make anything at all. Lauren Serota is a design consultant and the former head of service design for Yoma Bank in Myanmar. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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From blind optimism to sober responsibility: How design has changed since the first Innovation by Design Awards

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Co.Design’s founding editor, Cliff Kuang, talks to us about why he started the Innovation by Design Awards and where he sees the design industry heading next. Ten years ago, Fast Company introduced the Innovation by Design Awards (IBD) for a simple reason: to showcase the power of design, not just to other designers, but to company leaders hunting for their next competitive advantage. For decades, design had scant influence at most major companies. But players like Apple, Target, and JetBlue proved that good design was good business, and before long, every company from Google to Ford to McKinsey was snapping up designers and proselytizing the value of design. By recognizing the best design-driven innovations, IBD sought to deepen the impact designers had on business and society. Read Full Story

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How OCAD’s Dori Tunstall is rewriting the rules of design education

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Dori Tunstall, the world’s first Black dean of a design school, is on a mission to redesign design education itself: “We can’t decouple colonialism from design. They’re deeply linked and implicated.” Dori Tunstall is the dean of the faculty of design at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University) in Toronto, and the first Black and Black female dean of a faculty of design anywhere in the world. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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