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.
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
anyway tldr: the graphic design industry is racist af and more people should refuse to do work for horrible companies if they are able
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
Oooh now they're doing a presentation on racist silicon valley algorithms
Still 2.5 hours left in the presentation! lots of good speakers so far!!!
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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM36IruzO6YCdzB4ihoNYLw/videos
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