American designers in the 90's: yes, we will destroy the old forms to give rise to more authentic means of expression. rigid rules for acceptable design are a way to exercise control over the voice of the working class.

designers today: hahaha Helvetica go brrrr

This homogenized corporate design is what they were rebelling against, and look at this, it's almost identical to the stuff we consider "good" design today. The postmodern wave of commercial design that was kicked off with the rise of the computer is still on the fringes of the industry. Today you're rewarded for taking design risks that are considered "safe" while staying within acceptable parameters, usually because you're working for someone else.

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Not to mention that modern design heavily pillages from black and indigenous visual cultures. i'm positive every symbol has been appropriated and used to sell some bullshit. Designers need to be conscious of visual history, because believe it or not, stuff does mean stuff. Ethical design means incorporating imagery intentionally and for a purpose you know will do good. There are graphic designers at Amazon! I wonder about how they sleep at night, though I bet they can afford nice beds

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anyway tldr: the graphic design industry is racist af and more people should refuse to do work for horrible companies if they are able

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I've been so privileged to work in this industry for 2 years, and I'm even luckier that I get a chance to get out. Im strongly advising my team to hire a recently graduated student of color to replace me, and I only hope this gives them the jumping off point it gave me. hire black designers. PAY BLACK ARTISTS

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this blew up haha anyway while you're here maybe check out this event happening tomorrow featuring many prominent black voices from the design world. I'll be there listening, come check it out if you're interested wherearetheblackdesigners.com/

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Where Are The Black Designers webinar starts in 10 minutes, they're gonna be talking about racism in the design industry. If you work in the professional creative sector this might be helpful, I know I'm going to be listening to it all: youtu.be/z1lMYz1jxEw

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Oooh now they're doing a presentation on racist silicon valley algorithms

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Still 2.5 hours left in the presentation! lots of good speakers so far!!!

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ok conference is over and now there's an after party with a DJ? hell yeah this was extremely good. I'll share the link to the recording once the stream ends in case people want to listen to it.

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Here are three recordings from the lecture series that happened on Saturday titled "Where Are the Black Designers?", and I highly recommend giving them a listen. They aren't even just about design, one is education-focused, one is about how black voices are sonically perceived, and one is a general "What's next?" panel. All excellent speakers, please check them out: youtube.com/channel/UCM36IruzO

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