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Where are the Black designers? We know they exist, but where are they in design agencies and companies that push culture forward, in places that influence the world and how we live or use products?

This question, posed by Maurice Cherry in a SXSW Interactive presentation in 2015, has resurfaced in light of the racial unrest of 2020. The months of protests have illuminated race-based disparities in all sectors of life, and designers are fighting to close the opportunity gap for Black designers by calling out white design companies for supporting Black Lives Matter but not actually hiring Black people in their agencies.




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