Image credit: Camila Falquez
Lots of links this week, friends!
Consider it my apology for how inconsistent these newsletters have been of late. I’m trying not to beat myself up over it, which to anyone who knows me personally, understands how unrealistic that is. To not be performing at 110% feels like a failure, but I’m trying this new thing called BOUNDARIES combined with ATTEMPTING to sleep, which will hopefully become less foreign concepts with time and practice.
Let’s dig in, shall we?
Unlocking Us: Shame and Accountability
I took a lot from this episode with Brené Brown around the difference between being held accountable for racism and feeling shame and being shamed. Brené reminds us that “you’re here to get it right, not to be right” and I really believe this idea of getting it right, rather than being right, is relevant to design in so many ways.
Also highly recommend this episode with Austin Channing Brown.
Where are the Black Designers?
Remember that conference I mentioned a few weeks back? Well, it was everything it promised to be and more. If you couldn’t tune in, you can stream the whole thing via YouTube. Huge congrats to Mitzi Okou for pulling this together in under a month. Yes, you read that right.
Being In History
A reminder that it is Pride every month and not just during June. This project was produced and shot by Camila Falquez and is a truly stunning body of work—the embodiment of a new history. 100% of the print proceeds with be donated to support trans lives.
Path to Equality
A directory to help you educate, support, and empower yourself in dismantling Australia’s current injustice system. It also happens to be beautifully designed, in case you were wondering.
Juan Villanueva on TDC
In other design industry news, the Type Directors Club has officially shut down. The club was having financial issues but this public letter of resignation from Juan Villanueva was the last nail in the coffin.
Amélie Lamont on AIGA
An exploration of AIGA’s lack of commitment to Black designers, why Amélie Lamont is leaving them behind, and why they think we should, too.
As always, thanks for reading!
Resource of the Week
A list of Creative Ecosystems and Funds that support Black people, especially Black women, trans, queer, and non-binary folks. Created by Annika Hansteen-Izora, the list is added to every few days (you can submit through this type form). Give Annika’s IG a follow while you’re at it.
Check it out
Lockdown by Anderson .Paak
In lockdown… on repeat.
Got a great tune, track, or podcast worth sharing? Let me know!
Lucky Dip Links
To young BIPOC interested in strategy/innovation careers or founders whose ideas diversify our world, my incredibly talented coworker and friend, Lauren Wong is offering her time. She’s opening a few hours every week to advise individuals on career, brand, or futures stuff.
Get in touch
RIP to Milton Glaser, designer of the ‘I ❤️ NY’ logo and the first design “giant” I studied at university. There were a lot of tributes over the past weeks since his passing, reinforcing that his influence was undeniable across and beyond the creative industry. He will be deeply mourned, and deeply missed.
I 💔 MG
Feeling extra generous? Consider a donation of any amount to The Black School. The Black School is an organization that teaches Black youth about Black design history. They are building a 21st-century schoolhouse to expand their Black radical art programming into a community centre providing civic engagement activities for New Orleans’ 7th Ward.
Donate here ❤️
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