While more attention is certainly being paid to the “female factor” at design conferences, there hasn’t been much discussion about the fact that most of the talking heads are pretty much always white. AIGA is addressing the issue by looking for under-recognized American designers from diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds for their Diversity Archive:
The intention is to provide an archive of the invisible legacy to light: role models, those who have pioneered and mentored for other, career paths that provide a model for young people from diverse backgrounds who want to understand the path others like them have pursued to achieve success in this rewarding profession.
Portfolios, bios and achievements from the highlighted designers will be available on the AIGA website and, organizers hope, will eventually grow into a traveling exhibition. If you know someone who should be included, even if they’re no longer living, submit their information by April 30. It would be a shame for under-recognized designers to be even more under-recognized here.