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The Black Designer’s Identity

October 26, 2020 @
2:00 p.m.
- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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In the United States, much of design history, culture, curriculum, and the profession as a whole is a testament to the broad influence of European-based design practice and aesthetics. While these traditions are valuable, they have eclipsed the work and contributions of non-Europeans in the field. Consequently, young designers who are just beginning to develop their careers may be deprived of opportunities to learn about the diversity of ethnic/racial representation within design and the range of voices that have been overlooked and unacknowledged. Additionally, students who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color may not see themselves, their experiences, and their perspectives valued in a profession that needs them now more than ever. In this talk, writer and designer Anne H. Berry (Cleveland State University) addresses themes related to identity formation within the context of design as well as in relationship to American culture more broadly.

This event will be broadcast live and recorded on Zoom. Participation is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.
Webinar ID: 936 6168 4389

Sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities

Image by Stuart Meade

Anne H. Berry is a writer, designer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Cleveland State University (CSU). Her research focuses on race and representation and ethnic and racial disparities within the field of graphic design. She was featured in Communication Arts and interviewed for Maurice Cherry’s award-winning podcast Revision Path, and is a 2018 Design Incubation Fellow. Her essay “The Black Designer’s Identity” was also published in the inaugural issue of Recognize, an anthology featuring commentary from Indigenous people and people of color as part of “the next generation of emerging design voices,” via Inside Design by InVision. Her work also includes continuing development of the award-winning project Ongoing Matter: Democracy, Design, and the Mueller Report.


October 26, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.