SXSWedu 2015

Diversifying Design Education


In 1991, Brenda Mitchell-Powell wrote a report called "Why is Graphic Design 93% White? Removing Barriers to Increase Opportunities in Graphic Design". And now, nearly 25 years later, we're still trying to come up with the answer.

Maurice Cherry will explore these questions through the prism of design education.

He'll share information distilled from his own experiences as an educator, along with information from dozens of interviews with Black designers of all stripes.

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. Learn how you can become involved with diversifying design education in one easy step.
  2. Learn about what AIGA is doing to help with diversifying design education via the AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
  3. Learn about new avenues of outreach for research and inspiration for design students.



Maurice Cherry, Creative Principal, 3eighteen media

Meta Information:

  • Tags: diversity, design, culture
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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