Podcast

Revision Path

Revision Path is an award-winning design podcast that showcases the world's Black designers, developers, and digital creatives. On each episode, host Maurice Cherry explores the stories, processes, experiences, insights and inspirations of these awesome creators. Produced by Glitch, Inc.

Episodes

  • 308: Jaline McPherson

    Aug 19 2019

    If you're a long time listener of Revision Path, then you have definitely heard me sing the praises of the Black in Design Conference that takes place every other year at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The next conference takes place in October, and I am thrilled to have the chance to talk with one of the current co-chairs Jaline McPherson. Our conversation started off with a look into Jaline's background, and she talked about her interest in landscape architecture and how tha...more

  • 307: Isaak Hayes

    Aug 12 2019

    It's a rare occurrence when I get the chance to talk with someone at a crossroads in their career, so this conversation with Isaak Hayes is especially interesting. Isaak has worked in a variety of roles in both large tech business and startups, most notably perhaps as a former product designer at Facebook. We spoke just days before he and his family embarked on their latest adventure — moving to China! Isaak and I talked about how he first fell in love with design, and he discussed his early car...more

  • 306: Jeremi Dudu

    Aug 05 2019

    We're kicking off August with an inspirational conversation with Jeremi Dudu. By day, Jeremi works at Salesforce as a UX designer on Philanthropy Cloud, a platform that turns employees into citizen philanthropists by empowering them to give back and make change. Outside of work, Jeremi's keeps that same charitable energy going, paying it forward to his community through mentoring and tutoring in his community. I started by asking Jeremi what drew him to Salesforce, and from there we talked about...more

  • 305: Sarah Huny Young

    Jul 29 2019

    Sarah Huny Young is an ambitious and thoughtful award-winning creative director and artist. Her accomplishments and accolades are well deserved and humbly appreciated. Her passion project, 'American Woman', uniquely and profoundly showcases black women's relationship with America and identity. Huny is a leader and organizer in this industry. She strives to bring people together and make them feel comfortable in any space from hosting gatherings to collaborating on projects. Huny's career traject...more

  • Welcome to Revision Path!

    Jul 25 2019

    This is Revision Path, an award-winning weekly interview podcast that showcases the world's best Black designers, developers, and digital creatives. If you're looking to get inspired, then tune in each week for in-depth conversations that explore the creative journey, including the processes, thoughts, and motivations behind these awesome creators shaping the future of art, design, and technology. Some past guests include Kimberly Bryant (founder and executive director of Black Girls Code), Eddi...more

  • 304: Samuel Green

    Jul 22 2019

    This week, I sat down with Samuel Green -- a product designer at Airbus Aerial in Atlanta, GA and a visual artist. Samuel is also the owner of Studio Mobius, which they call "a small creative group composed of like-minded humans who think differently." Samuel's trajectory hasn't been a conventional one, but that didn't stop them from achieving their goals. If anything this proves that there is a multitude of different paths for people to take to get to their destination. Our chat cover...more

  • 303: Brian Cherry

    Jul 15 2019

    Brian Cherry is driven and passionate about design! He's a true hustler--not only is he the Creative Director of Nutrisystem but he also runs his own design agency Cherry Fresh Designs. Brian is a nonstop force to be reckoned with in this industry and he has no signs of slowing down anytime soon! We chatted about everything from his career trajectory and education to hopes for the future of the industry. Brian is truly humble and inspiring while his insights and observations are keen and on poin...more

  • 302: Jamil Bonnick

    Jul 08 2019

    Jamil Bonnick isn't just an experienced Product Designer, with a keen eye for design but he's also a storyteller. While we discussed his background and career journey, and his new job at Etsy, our conversation was so much more! Our chat spanned a number of interesting and surprising topics from design all the way to eastern philosophy and to effective business strategy. He truly is a renaissance man and his vast knowledge shines through during this conversation. ➡ Glitch is hiring a design direc...more

  • 301: 300th Episode Celebration!

    Jul 01 2019

    How do you celebrate 300 episodes of dynamic conversations and thought-provoking opinions? You invite two leaders in the industry to sit down and dig even deeper! We recorded this episode live in New York's Green Space with over 50 guests for an intimate and passionate discussion and Q+A with Gail Anderson and Catt Small. Gail and Catt have both had impressive journeys and continue to push the conversation around inclusivity and the future of design forward. Their insights into the industry and ...more

  • 300: Hannah Beachler

    Jun 24 2019

    Fruitvale Station. Miles Ahead. Creed. Moonlight. If you've seen any of these films over the past few years, then you're familiar with the work of Hannah Beachler. You may also know her for her Afrofuturist design direction on Black Panther, becoming not just the first Black person to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design, but also being the first one to win it as well. She's even worked with Beyoncé on Lemonade, as well as the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay Z! In...more

  • 299: Rich Smith

    Jun 17 2019

    Netflix is a major player in the entertainment industry, and their streaming video service is available nearly worldwide on smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones, and more. But how do they provide such a consistent visual experience to millions of customers? It's thanks to people like Netflix's senior UI engineer, Rich Smith. As a member of the marketing tech team, he focuses on the web app experience. Rich explained his process behind designing at Netflix, and talked about what drew him to wo...more

  • 298: Husani Barnwell

    Jun 10 2019

    Husani Barnwell not only has two impressive degrees under his belt from Parsons and Harvard, a mile long resume, but he continues to reinvent himself. He is a storyteller, a designer, and a leader in the industry. His passion and drive shine through in his work and in our conversation! He is honest and open, and our chat was an enlightening experience that I appreciated. His experience ranges from Creative Consultant to Educator and so many things in between. Talking to him highlighted the impor...more

  • 297: Brett Marshall

    Jun 03 2019

    Designing for public safety might not sound like the most exciting job, but that's because you haven't heard Brett Marshall describe it. As the principal designer at CentralSquare, he helps design interfaces that are used by police officers, first responders, and public administration agencies across the country. Brett and I talked about the unique challenges he faces with his work, and he also shared how he went from designing at ad agencies to winding up at his current role. We also discussed ...more

  • 296: Shar Biggers

    May 27 2019

    I first heard of about Shar Biggers from one of our past guests, Ida Woldemichael, and from just the first few minutes of our conversation I knew that this was going to be a great interview. Like Ida, Shar worked on the Hillary for America campaign, and helped to shape the messaging and visual style of the candidate during her most recent run for public office. While we did touch on Shar's political design work and spent some time talking about campaign life, we mostly talked about her backstory...more

  • 295: Angelica Quicksey

    May 20 2019

    Angelica Quicksey's insights into civic design are unique and insightful. She designs federal government services with a focus on digital transformation. As a recent graduate with two masters degrees from Harvard University, she is also now co-teaching a course on technology and innovation in government. Angelica is passionate and our conversation touched on the many changes going on in the industry. If you want to learn and be inspired make sure to give this episode a listen! Angelica Quicksey...more

  • 294: Abraham Asefaw

    May 13 2019

    Abraham Abbi Asefaw is not only an inspiring entrepreneur who has founded two agencies but a relatable and inspiring voice in the industry. As the Co-Founder of The Pop Up Agency, which he created before he turned 30, Abraham has stepped into his role as a leader in the industry with gusto. His major clients include Facebook, Adidas, Nissan, and Sky. During our conversation, we discussed his journey from leaving the legal field and taking the brave leap into entrepreneurship, the major differenc...more

  • 293: Kim Williams

    May 06 2019

    According to Kim Williams, it takes real grit to be in the design field. She serves as the group manager for the UX core team at Indeed, where she leads a interdisciplinary team of designers, technologists, writers, and researchers working across the globe. We talked a lot about design leadership -- what it takes to not only build and lead a team, but also how to enable them to do their best work and make sure they have what they need to succeed. From there, Kim shared her journey as a designer,...more

  • 292: Melvin Hale

    Apr 29 2019

    Melvin Hale may say he's "a regular guy who beat the odds," but with twenty years of design experience and a decade of design leadership under his belt, he's so much more than regular. We started off talking about Melvin's current work at Facebook, and quickly went on to a look back at his time growing up in Vallejo, going to college in the South, and his journey as a designer through the ad agency world before ending up in Silicon Valley. Melvin also shared tips on how he builds creat...more

  • 291: Dexter Ferguson

    Apr 22 2019

    Dexter Ferguson might be a young designer in this industry, but he is committed to using his abilities to really help change the world. By day, he works at Airbus Aerial as a product designer, helping insurance companies make decisions on damages and risks. When work is over, Dexter puts on his entrepreneur hat as the founder of DebtBennies, a job listing board with companies that will help you pay down your student loans. Pretty innovative! We talked about how Dexter is able to balance both 9-t...more

  • 290: Will Miner

    Apr 15 2019

    A common theme on Revision Path is that there's no set path to being a part of the design industry. Will Miner, the senior director of UX at the education company 2U, is a prime example of this. As technology helps level the playing field for a number of different areas of study, professionals like Will help make sure that experience is simple and user-friendly. We started off talking about Will's work at 2U, including building and leading teams while keeping diversity and accessibility in mind....more

  • 289: Dave Hall

    Apr 08 2019

    Guests of the show know that before we do an interview, I always ask them what I call “the Oprah question.” But how do you ask the Oprah question to someone who works for Oprah? Turns out that when you’re Dave Hall, that’s a pretty easy task. As the VP of digital design for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Dave oversees a number of different design professionals from coast to coast to create interactive and eye-catching work for web and TV. Dave walked me through a typical day, including sharing how h...more

  • 288: Jonathan Sangster

    Apr 01 2019

    If you're a part of Chicago's design scene, then you've no doubt heard of the multitalented Jonathan Sangster. They are currently an assistant professor of design at Chicago State University, and they also collaborate on projects involving visual art, design, printed matter, typography and visual experimentation. We spoke about Jonathan's recent exhibition at this year's Typeforce, and from there they shared a peek into their creative process which challenges binary thoughts by layering exprienc...more

  • 287: Shani Sandy

    Mar 25 2019

    Shani Sandy is a real mover and a shaker in this industry. As a design executive for IBM, she combines business leadership and creative concepts to help advance design thinking for clients all over the world. But how did she go from freelance work to being a lead at one of the top tech companies in the world? Find out in this week's interview! Shani and I spoke about design thinking and what IBM looks for from designers, and she gave some great advice for designers who are looking to take their ...more

  • 286: Alanna Marshall

    Mar 18 2019

    If you want to know what it's like working in the high-paced field of advertising, then this week's interview is for you! Meet Alanna Marshall, an associate creative director at Ten35 in Chicago. Whether she's presenting to clients or directing shoots on a set, according to Alanna there's never a dull moment. Alanna also talked about how she first got into the field, shared a bit about her process behind her work, and gave her thoughts on the future of advertising for agencies and clients. Her a...more

  • 285: Shaun Mosley

    Mar 11 2019

    Shaun Mosley is one busy guy! By day, he's a software designer and interaction designer, and as part of Intuit's Design System team, he helps build the components and interactions for popular financial apps like Mint and QuickBooks. Outside of work, Shaun is a relatively new resident to the Bay Area, a podcaster, and a proud papa! We spent a good bit of time talking about Shaun's journey as a designer, what he's looking forward to in 2019, and he shared the best advice he's gotten which has help...more

  • 284: The State of the Internet 2019

    Mar 04 2019

    Revision Path has had quite a journey, so for our 6th anniversary, we're going to take some time to go over the highlights (and lowlights) of the past year, and give you a sneak peek into what's coming up on the horizon. Also, we've got a special treat — a conversation with Glitch CEO Anil Dash and CryptoHarlem founder Matt Mitchell from this year's inaugural Forums @ Civic Hall event titled "The State of the Internet 2019"! If you're interested in A huge thanks to all of our listeners...more

  • 283: Alana Washington

    Feb 25 2019

    I have really enjoyed talking with some members of the Capital One Digital Team this month, and what better way to wrap up the month than to talk about the woman who helped make all this possible -- Alana Washington! As the strategy lead on the data experience design (DXD) team at Capital One, she not only works with engineers on data visualization, but she's also building out a data journalism practice also! We talked more about Alana's work and she talked about her nontraditional path into tec...more

  • 282: Belindah Jones

    Feb 18 2019

    How do you define success? If you haven't thought about this, then this week's interview with Belindah Jones will help put you in the right frame of mind to answer it. Belindah works a UX designer with Capital One's Digital Team, and she brings a rich history of design education to one of the country's most popular banks. We began by looking at Belindah's day-to-day work, and she shared how Capital One champions diversity in design. From there, Belindah talked about her work as a design professo...more

  • 281: Arneice Hart

    Feb 11 2019

    Our look at the Capital One Digital team continues this month with the talented multidisciplinary designer Arneice Hart. She works as a senior product designer at Capital One, and her work involves reducing people's financial anxiety and helping change banking for good. Arneice talked about how she approaches new creative projects, and shared insights she learned from early in her career, advice she would have given herself as a young designer, and spoke about how her passions helped drive and i...more

  • 280: Jamika D. Burge, PhD

    Feb 04 2019

    February on Revision Path is sponsored by Capital One, and we're bringing you the stories of four Black women that are part of the Capital One Digital team. Meet Jamika D. Burge, PhD, dean of Eno University and a "human computer scientist" who works at the intersection of tech and design. She focuses on inclusitvity in AI and machine learning, and truly proves that tech and design aren't just one-dimensional subjects. We spoke on her work at Capital One as she walked me through how Cap...more

  • 279: Richard Bentham

    Jan 28 2019

    When I met exhibit designer Richard Bentham last summer while in Washington DC, I immediately wanted to have him come on the show. Museums play such a pivotal part in our understanding of history, and I thought it would be fascinating to explore that with someone who actually designs the exhibits we see. We started off talking about Richard's work at the National Museum of the American Indian, and he shared how he first got interested in exhibit design. From there, we discussed the role of the m...more

  • 278: Annyce Davis

    Jan 21 2019

    There's a lot of A's in this episode — Amsterdam, Android, and Annyce Davis! As the software team lead for ZOLA Electric, Annyce has helped the company become the leading renewable energy brand in Africa. Apart from this, Annyce is an international conference speaker and author, and shares her knowledge with developers all over the world. Our conversation started off with a look at a typical day at ZOLA Electric, and Annyce talked about what drew her to the Android ecosystem (and to the world of...more

  • 277: Aisha Blake

    Jan 14 2019

    You might not think of Detroit as a city for tech, but web developer Aisha Blake is helping change that perspective. She works as a web developer for Detroit Labs, fosters the next generation of tech speakers through Detroit Speakers in Tech, and her story of what drew her to the city is one that you've gotta hear. Aisha and I talked about how a goalball tournament was the catalyst for her journey to Detroit, how couchsurfing opened up her up to an entirely new community, and she shared the the ...more

  • 276: Abimbola Idowu

    Jan 07 2019

    We're kicking off 2018 in Berlin! Meet Abimbola Idowu, a software engineer for SAP, one of the largest tech companies in Europe. Abimbola may be fairly new to Berlin, but he's already making his mark and spends his spare time cycling and exploring the city with his family. Our conversation began with a walk through a typical day for Abimbola at SAP, and from there, he shared how he first learned about software development, and how he went to hone his skills through Andela. We also discussed the ...more

  • 275: Omayeli Arenyeka

    Dec 31 2018

    We're closing out the year here on Revision Path with artist and technologist Omayeli Arenyeka. I first learned about her work when she wrote into Revision Path earlier this year, and then we crossed paths again when I started covering her creative tech projects on Glitch. So in a way, this interview is a bit of a full circle moment! We started off talking about her current engineering work at LinkedIn, and then she shared how she first learned about Glitch and what drew her to the platform. Yel...more

  • 274: Courtney Pinter

    Dec 24 2018

    Our international design series continues here on Revision Path, and our next stop is Zurich, Switzerland! Meet Courtney Pinter, a multidisciplinary creative who currently works as a senior creative at world-renowned flavor company Givaudan. Courtney is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but has been in Zurich for several years now, so I was really excited to learn more about the Swiss design scene from her. We started with a brief look at what it's like to design at a company like Givaudan, and...more

  • 273: Karl Hudson Phillips

    Dec 17 2018

    When I first met Karl a few years ago at HOW Design Live here in Atlanta, I knew I had to have him on the show because he embodies something special about the design community. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Karl came here to the U.S. for college, learned design and coding, and since then has built a vibrant and active community for coders, designers and creatives through his two annual events -- SyntaxCon and Revolve Conference. We started off talking about Karl's work at his firm Harborm...more

  • 272: Analise Cleopatra

    Dec 10 2018

    Analise Cleopatra is living proof that sometimes the things that you are seeking may take you on another path. I first learned about Analise through a reality show on YouTube called Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge, so that's where we started off our conversation, and she shared how she first got into sneaker design, and what it was like studying and working at Pensole Footwear Design Academy (as well as what it's like to be on a reality TV design show). From there, Analise talked about w...more

  • 271: Bobby C. Martin, Jr.

    Dec 03 2018

    It's been a while since we first had Bobby C. Martin, Jr. on Revision Path, so I'm glad to have a chance to really sit down and talk with him to kick things off for our final month of interviews for 2018. As the co-founder and founding partner of the Original Champions of Design, Bobby's identity design system work sets him in a class all his own. Whether he's handling rebranding for the WNBA or creating an identity system for the Girl Scouts, Bobby has helped elevate companies around the world....more

  • 270: Aaron Gleen

    Nov 26 2018

    Aaron Gleen is an art director and graphic designer that's taking the Philippines by storm. Through his company, GRAY+, he helps businesses and other designers recognize and learn the value of design. I caught up with Aaron at his current place in Cebu City to talk about the journey of what brought him to his current success. Aaron spoke about growing up in Riverside, CA, and from there he spoke about how he learned about design and what sparked him to pursue it as a career. We also discuss how ...more

  • 269: Jason Murphy

    Nov 19 2018

    Jason Murphy is a legend in the design industry. He's most known as being one of a half dozen design directors who oversaw the brand for Nike, but he's also created concepts for BET, SEIU, Discovery, and many other companies and brands. Now Jason is doing his own thing as a creative director and chief creative officer, so we had a great conversation not just about his past success, but also about the future. Jason walked me through a typical day for him, and we spoke about his talk earlier this ...more

  • 268: Nicholas Johnson

    Nov 12 2018

    I met Nicholas Johnson this year at the AIGA Awards Gala, and after just a few minutes of speaking with him, I knew I had to have him on the podcast. Nicholas is committed to more representation for designers of color, and that's reflected both through his work and in an upcoming book project. We talked about where Nicholas' desire for representation comes from, and from there we went into a discussion on the notion of a Black design aesthetic, and Nicholas shared the advice that's stuck with hi...more

  • 267: Kevin White

    Nov 05 2018

    Kevin White calls himself a "UX strategist", but that title barely scratches the surface of what he does. Aside from his work as a senior experience designer, he's also a talented illustrator, a design educator, and a devoted family man. But according to Kevin, his origin story as a design professional is an example of what not to do. (Naturally, I had to know more about this.) We started off talking about the ubiquity of UX in today's modern design industry, and from there Kevin goes ...more

  • 266: Jarrett Key

    Oct 29 2018

    Jarrett Key creates works that transcend multiple boundaries. As a fine artist, Jarrett uses hair -- like, literally painting with their entire head of hair -- to make pieces that are full of life, passion, and tension. Speaking of tension, I just happened to have the chance to talk to Jarrett during a particularly tense time in life right now -- graduate school! We started off talking about what it's like adjusting to being back in Providence, Rhode Island, and Jarrett spoke about the decision ...more

  • 265: Leah Gilliam

    Oct 22 2018

    Leah Gilliam is a force. As an award-winning artist, she uses technology to tell stories, bring awareness to issues, and to ask questions about important topics. And as a design strategist, she lends her expertise with building inclusive spaces to organizations like Out in Tech and Girls Who Code, where she currently serves as VP of strategy and innovation. Did I mention she's also a creator who has made everything from 16mm films to interactive installations to board games? Like I said, Leah Gi...more

  • 264: Courtney Wilburn

    Oct 15 2018

    Thanks to engineers like Courtney Wilburn, your favorite sites can stay online even when they're getting slammed with visitors. And as the lead DevOps engineer for the popular product review site Wirecutter, she definitely knows her stuff when it comes to the Web. During our conversation, we talked about how she first got interested in DevOps, and Courtney shared some of the tools she uses, and how she took a non-traditional path into tech after college. She also discussed some skills that desig...more

  • 263: Courtney La Prince

    Oct 08 2018

    The multitalented Courtney La Prince is a true go-getter! Her focus on delivering the best experiences she can for users goes through all her work, and you'll definitely pick up on that during our conversation. We started off with Courtney talking about her current work at The Home Depot, and she talked about what brought her back to Atlanta to continue her career. Courtney also runs Inspire. Motiv8. Design. Creative Studio, so we spoke a bit about entrepreneurship in Atlanta and what she hopes ...more

  • 262: Jordan Green

    Oct 01 2018

    I first met Jordan in our Slack community, and ever since then, he's been a part of helping foster Revision Path's community. Currently, Jordan works as a research coordinator for the MyPEEPS project at the University of Washington, and helps use his skills in UX design and research to help social impact organizations and projects. We talked about his current work at UW, and Jordan shared how he fell into UX design and research by accident after years of work in public health. From there, we tal...more

  • 261: Marcus Mosby

    Sep 24 2018

    I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the end of this year's HBCU Month on Revision Path (as well as this year's World Interaction Design Day) than with a conversation with Marcus Mosby. Marcus is a senior interaction designer at Fjord in Austin, TX, and his passion lies in designing and creating experiences that help improve the lives of users everywhere. We started off with an introduction to interaction design, and Marcus talked about the processes and tools he uses, and gave tips for...more

  • 260: Cary Michael Robinson

    Sep 17 2018

    When I stumbled across Cary Michael Robinson's work, I knew I had to have him on the show. He's got his hands in a lot of different aspects of art and design, and has even turned that into a series of entrepreneurial ventures in the DMV area. We started off talking about Cary Michael's day job with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and he gave a breakdown as to the importance of patents, trademarks and copyrights for creative makers. From there, Cary Michael shared his story of lear...more

  • 259: Kendrick Daye

    Sep 10 2018

    As a working artist, it can be a constant battle between unchallenged freedom of expression and doing what you need to do to survive and put food on the table. Artist and designer Kendrick Daye has successfully found a way to bridge this divide, and I'm glad to have a chance to talk with him about how he manages that balance in the city that never sleeps. We talked about Kendrick's vibrant mixed media collage style and he shared where his inspiration comes from for his work. We also talked about...more

  • 258: Delanie West

    Sep 03 2018

    As a creative, Delanie West contains multitudes. She has over 20 years of experience in the design industry across product development, packaging, experience design, and creative global sourcing. She's lead creative teams, served on executive committees, and has been influential in mentoring designers and developers from all over. Delanie is also the brains behind BeSuperCreative, a consultancy that helps people and organizations bring their creative ideas to life. We talked about how she got he...more

  • 257: Sean Fahie

    Aug 27 2018

    When I first had the idea to do a month dedicated to Atlanta's art scene, Sean Fahie's name immediately came to mind. Sean really does it all -- he's a designer, an artist, an illustrator, an author, a film maker, a podcaster, and more. I knew that this conversation was really going to be a good one, and Sean did not disappoint. Sean started off talking about the release of his third book, Chocolate Covered Honey Buns, and he spoke about what it's like for him as a working artist. Sean also talk...more

  • 256: Lisa Babb

    Aug 20 2018

    Atlanta is a city full of possibilities, and Lisa Babb is the kind of person who not only sees them all, but encourages others to see them as well. As an educator, Lisa teaches the next generation of designers that there is room for the table for them in this industry. And as assistant director at Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), she also helps bring design and art into the local community. Our conversation started off with a closer look at MODA and talking about how Lisa got her start as a desi...more

  • 255: Fahamu Pecou

    Aug 13 2018

    Fahamu Pecou and his art push boundaries, challenge classic representations, and have solidified his place as one of the most important contemporary artists of the 21st century. His work combines observations on hip-hop, the fine art world, and pop culture, and this is expressed through paintings, performance art, and academic work as well. I was really lucky to get a chance to talk with Fahamu fresh off his most recent accomplishment -- earning his PhD from Emory University! Our conversation st...more

  • 254: Goldi Gold

    Aug 06 2018

    Atlanta's own Goldi Gold describes himself as a "blue collar" digital illustrator, but his hustle and quality of work are top notch. As a fixture of Atlanta's art scene, Goldi makes sure he's out there making sure people see art in person. We talked about how he got started as an illustrator, and what inspires his unique style. From there, Goldi talked about what drew him to Atlanta, and what follows is a candid discussion about how the city treats art and artists, and talks about what...more

  • 253: Ida Woldemichael

    Jul 30 2018

    Creative director Ida Woldemichael is definitely someone to keep your eye on! Currently she's working for Everytown for Gun Safety, but before that, she served as design lead for Hillary for America and even coined the campaign's widely-used catchphrase "I'm With Her"! Our conversation began by talking about Ida's current role, and from there we went into her work for the Hillary for America campaign and what she learned during that time. Ida also teaches at NYU, so she shared what she...more

  • 252: Shaw Strothers

    Jul 23 2018

    One thing that can be hard for new designers to grasp is that users are the most important part of design. Shaw Strothers is a huge advocate of this, and it's reflected in his work at UX lead at User Insight in Atlanta, GA. Shaw started off talking about how he got into UX after a start in computer science and an early start as an industrial designer. From there, he talked about Hue Design Summit, an annual event put on by Shaw and the Hue Collective for design professionals of color, and we spo...more

  • 251: Nuff

    Jul 16 2018

    So there's a bit of history behind this interview with the mononymous Toronto-based designer Nuff. He was one of the first people I reached out to over five years ago when Revision Path began, and while we've kept in touch since then, it's only until now that I've been able to get an interview with him. And let me tell you...it was worth the wait. We touch on a lot of different topics during our interview, including the Toronto design scene, his creative process behind his digital and physical w...more

  • 250: Julian Alexander

    Jul 09 2018

    For our 250th episode, I'm so honored to bring you this conversation with creative director, graphic designer, and entrepreneur Julian Alexander. Julian may be most well known for designing the album cover for 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying, and his design work on the Miles Davis box set The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions even earned him a GRAMMY for art direction! Even with those huge accolades under his belt, Julian is a really humble guy, and I think that really comes through in the intervi...more

  • 249: Mikell Fine-Iles

    Jul 02 2018

    There's no single way to becoming a designer these days, which I suppose is one of the most interesting things about this industry. Mikell Fine Iles, for example, grew up in San Francisco around art and design, went to Clark-Atlanta University for school, studied more design in Denmark, and worked for agencies Noise and JWT before his current position at Bloomberg as design director. And there's more! We started our conversation talking about Mikell's day-to-day work at Bloomberg, and from there...more

  • 248: Cheryl D. Miller

    Jun 25 2018

    If you have followed me and Revision Path since at least 2015, then you'll hopefully recognize how powerfully significant this week's guest is. Cheryl D. Miller holds many titles -- visual artist, designer, author, writer, and theologian. Her trailblazing 1985 graduate thesis at Pratt Institute helped fuel the conversation about diversity in design for Black designers and designers of color -- a conversation we're still continuing over 30 years later. Cheryl and I talk about her multicultural up...more

  • 247: Forest Young

    Jun 18 2018

    Forest Young is the global principal and head of design at Wolff Olins, and let me tell you...he's a busy, busy guy. Whether he's serving as a design critic at Yale University (his alma mater) or or overseeing award-winning design projects, Forest brings a high level of observation and specificity to his work. We start off talking about one of Wolff Olins' recent award-winning campaigns Dotdot, and that spurred a discussion about the ethics of bleeding edge future design, and even access to mean...more

  • 246: Sabella Flagg

    Jun 11 2018

    One of the brilliant things about design is that there's no one "right" way to enter the industry. Career paths aren't linear anymore, and no one demonstrates this more than Sabella Flagg. Her journey has a designer has literally taken her around the world, and now she's settled in Seattle as an interaction designer for digital agency Artefact. Sabella and I talked about what interaction design is, and she shared what prompted her move to Seattle after spending time teaching English in...more

  • 245: Michael Grant

    Jun 04 2018

    Design and journalism might seem like opposite fields, but technology has brought them closer together than ever before (especially over the past few years). How are journalists navigating this new landscape where news is now a designed experience? To gain some insight on this, I spoke with Michael Grant. He's the creative director for the San Francisco Business Times and is a current John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Michael an I talked about his current research work, an...more

  • 244: Brandon Breaux

    May 28 2018

    Like several guests I've had on the show, I knew of Brandon Breaux's work before I even knew who he was! He may be known best as the artist behind the mixtape covers for Chance the Rapper, but Brandon's art spans much further than that. And no matter how far his art takes him, he always represents for Chicago. Actually, Chicago is where our conversation began! We talked about the local design scene and how he feels being a part of it as his profile has grown, and from there Brandon told me about...more

  • 243: Thomas Dang

    May 21 2018

    If there's anything I learned from talking with Thomas Dang, it's that he really puts a lot of effort into not just making sure his work is seen, but that it's felt as well. That can be a difficult thing for a graphic designer to do, but Thomas' unique mix of skills gives him a perspective many others don't have. Thomas is currently pursuing his MBA while freelancing, so we talked about how what he's studying factors into his life as a designer. From there, Thomas shared the early days of his ca...more

  • 242: Tony Turner

    May 14 2018

    There's been some debate in the community recently about whether UX is considered a design discipline, so we've been talking to UX designers in lots of different fields to get a better look at just why UX is so important. And thanks to Alex Binder, that's how I met Tony Turner, a UX designer in Cleveland, Ohio. Tony started off with talking about how he first learned about UX, and how he's used his skills in both the insurance and technology industries. We also delve a bit into the topic of wear...more

  • 241: Ofo Obuobi

    May 07 2018

    For our first international interview of 2018, we're headed to the island country of Mauritius to talk with Ofo Obuobi. Ofo is the lead graphic designer at the African Leadership University, and she's traveled and worked in Ghana, France, and here in the U.S. as well. Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures, which is an excellent place for a designer like Ofo to thrive. We start off talking more about her work with ALU, and she shared how her intercontinental design journey led her to her current...more

  • 240: Jonathan Jackson

    Apr 30 2018

    "WeShouldDoItAll isn't just a name -- it's a way of life." And let me tell you, Jonathan Jackson was not kidding when he said that. As creative director and partner of the award-winning, Brooklyn-based studio, he and his team have done all kinds of work from websites to fashion to large scale exhibitions. And there's even more! Jonathan talked to me about his early days at Kent State University, and how his love for architecture planted the seed for what would become WSDIA. We also spe...more

  • 239: Alex Binder

    Apr 23 2018

    You might not immediately think of a strong design community when someone mentions Cleveland, Ohio, but UX designer Alex Binder is well on his way to changing that perception. His work ethic and reputation are already helping him establish himself in the industry, including his current position with health tech company OnShift. Alex and I started off with a look into the Cleveland design community, and he talked about how his education at Cleveland State University gave him a solid look into how...more

  • 238: Renee Reid

    Apr 16 2018

    Research is such an important part of the design process, and no one can attest to that fact more than Renee Reid. As senior UX design researcher at LinkedIn, the process of search and discovery is crucial to her work in helping connect professionals worldwide. Renee walked me through a typical day working with project managers, designers, and other researchers, and we touched on the increasing popularity of UX roles in the design industry. She also shared some of the goals she has for the year,...more

  • 237: Shannon Boone

    Apr 09 2018

    When I was a kid growing up in rural Alabama, magazines were my gateway to the world. But these days, Internet and social media have become that gateway, so where does that leave magazines for kids? My search led me to Shannon Boone, creative director for Sesi Magazine, a quarterly print magazine dedicated to celebrating Black teen girls. We talked about how Shannon first got involved at Sesi, and from there we talked about how she helps put Sesi together, how she became interested in magazine d...more

  • 236: Eddie Opara

    Apr 02 2018

    It's not an understatement to say that Eddie Opara is one of the most well-known multifaceted Black designers today. As a partner for Pentagram, his work spans a number of media -- web, print, packaging, UI, installations, environments...you name it. It's really a privilege and an honor to speak with him not just about what he's done and his creative process, but about him as a person as well. We spend some time talking about how he works with his team and with clients, and from there we go into...more

  • 235: Daniel Dickson

    Mar 26 2018

    If you saw this year's 28 Days of the Web, then this week's guest is probably already familiar to you! Meet Daniel Dickson, a creative director in NYC for the super popular music video service Vevo. Daniel works on the brand side of Vevo, where he manages his own design team and works closely with the music industry as well. Daniel and I talked about his beginnings here in Atlanta, and how he structured his career to lead him to New York and his current position. He also talked about the challen...more

  • 234: Anthony Daniel II

    Mar 19 2018

    Do you ever think about how the software that pilots use is designed? If so, then this week's interview is for you! Meet Anthony Daniel II, a senior interaction designer who works in the aerospace field. Our conversation begin with a dive into the world of interaction design, and I even shared a bit about my brief time working for NASA! From there, we talked about whether UX is being taken seriously as a design discipline, and Anthony talked about his creative beginnings, along with some of his ...more

  • 233: Hadiya Williams

    Mar 12 2018

    I met Hadiya Williams at last year's Black in Design Conference at Harvard University, and I have been a fan ever since then. Hadiya's background in art direction and design are on full display through Black Pepper Paperie Co., her design and maker’s studio that focuses on boutique event design and one-of-a-kind handmade clayware and printed works. We started off talking about the Washington DC design scene, and Hadiya walked me through a regular day for her while discussing why she started her ...more

  • 232: Lorenzo Wilkins

    Mar 05 2018

    Lorenzo Wilkins is a multitalented creative who has worked extensively in his field for more than 40 years! Graphic design, photography, videography...you name it, and Lorenzo has probably had his hand in it. His most recent endeavor, a video series titled "ArtLife/LifeArt: An Insight into Creativity" talks to artists across the creative spectrum (including one of our past guests, Sela Lewis)! Lorenzo and I talk about life as a designer before the advent of the personal computer, his h...more

  • 231: Five Years of Revision Path

    Feb 26 2018

    Five years. Over 230 podcast episodes. And if you include our blog, that's nearly 300 interviews with Black designers, developers, and creatives worldwide. This episode is a love letter for you, our loyal listeners. I answer your questions, give you a bit of a peek behind the curtain of Revision Path, talk about Revision Path's upcoming plans and goals, and share some updates and words of wisdom from some of our show's most popular guests. Here's to five years of Revision Path and the future of ...more

  • Bonus Episode: The Design of Black Panther

    Feb 22 2018

    Marvel Studios' Black Panther is a bonafide box office smash, having amassed over $400 million in ticket sales worldwide. After chatting with so many people about the movie, I knew I had to do something for the podcast...and here it is! In this special bonus episode, I sit down with Jordan Green, Regine Gilbert and Paul Anthony Webb and talk about the inspiration, design and music that helped bring the movie to life. By the way, this episode is filled with spoilers, so you've been warned! Wakand...more

  • 230: Ronia Peguero

    Feb 19 2018

    Ronia Peguero really wants to help people take the leap into their own creative endeavors, and she's definitely leading by example! Aside from being the chief creative officer of her own company -- V+R Digital Branding Agency -- she also teaches courses in computer programming, music, and Spanish to students at Quincy College! Whew! Ronia and I talked about a number of topics in our conversation: design and the LGBT community, what she's learned from her time as an educator, the importance of se...more

  • 229: Danielle Beecham

    Feb 12 2018

    Danielle Beecham is a great example of someone who is inspired by the different ways you can use design for what you are passionate about in life. As a freelance UX designer in New York City, Danielle's focus is on design for social impact. We talked about her nontraditional path into design via journalism and international relations, her current MFA studies at Parsons, and how her work with nonprofits has been a benefit to her work in UX. Danielle is here to truly make her impact on the world, ...more

  • 228: Ian Davis

    Feb 05 2018

    I'll never forget what Ian Davis told me when I first spoke with him: "I'm here to serve the creative community." As a results-oriented creative problem solver, Ian heads up the consulting firm Age of the Creative and helps creatives of all kinds with handling their business affairs and get more opportunities. Ian and I talked about his background working with some of the world's top ad agencies birthed the idea to start his own business, walked me through a typical day, and shared how...more

  • 227: Rafael Smith

    Jan 29 2018

    Rafael Smith proves that being curious and being open to new experiences can take you pretty far in life. As the current design lead at IDEO.org, he uses his skills in product design and industrial design to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities worldwide. We talked about how Rafael almost became a horse trainer instead of a designer, and the one experience that set him on his current path. He also shared a really good piece of advice that has stayed with him over the ye...more

  • 226: Regine Gilbert

    Jan 22 2018

    Regine Gilbert is such a positive presence in our Slack community, so when we finally met at last year's Black in Design Conference, I knew I had to have her on the show. As a UX design consultant, Regine uses her skills of observation and exploration to help make the world a more accessible place. We talked about how Regine transitioned into UX from the world of fashion design, the advice that's stuck with her the most over the years, and she shared how more designers can become aware of using ...more

  • 225: Jomo Tariku

    Jan 15 2018

    When Jomo Tariku reached out to me to tell me about his work, I knew I had to have him come on the podcast and tell his story. His furniture designs draw heavily from his Ethiopian background, and has been exhibited in Accra, Dubai, Lagos, Venice, New York, Montreal, and in other spaces around the world. Our conversation began with Jomo describing growing up in Ethiopia and how that led him into industrial design. He also talked about the importance of building a support network to ensure your w...more

  • 224: Audrey Bennett

    Jan 08 2018

    We've had design educators and researchers on Revision Path before, but never a design scholar! Audrey Bennett studies cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary communication that makes use of images that not only impact the way we think and behave, but that also permeate global culture. For the past 20 years, she has done her research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she currently serves as associate professor of graphics for the Department of Communication and Media. Audrey and I talked a...more

  • 223: Jermaine Bell

    Jan 01 2018

    I couldn't think of a better person to start 2018 with here on Revision Path than Jermaine Bell. The Baltimore-based visual designer, photographer, and social designer embodies what it means to work within a supportive creative community. Jermaine started off by talking about his childhood growing up in Baltimore, and we followed his design journey through high school and college. He also gave us the lowdown on the ups and downs of fellowships, his first foray into retail, and discussed what it ...more

  • 222: John Jennings

    Dec 18 2017

    We're closing out 2017 by talking with the one and only John Jennings. As a storyteller, editor and artist, John's body of work spans several media: comics, graphic novels, books, and countless panels and talks. He's even the co-founder and organizer of two comics conventions! Currently he's a professor of media and cultural studies at UC Riverside, and he is exploring the connections between design, identity politics and popular media. John starts off by giving us a primer on afrofuturism and t...more

  • 221: Danikqwa Rambert

    Dec 11 2017

    When you think of design and Rhode Island, what comes to mind? Well hopefully after this episode, you'll think of web and print designer Danikqwa Rambert! She may be new to the design industry, but she's quickly making a name for herself. I had to learn more, so Danikqwa talked with me about her time at Johnson and Wales University along with how important networking and internships have been to her career so far. She also shared her thoughts on what can be done to keep more women in the design ...more

  • 220: Gail Anderson

    Dec 04 2017

    Gail Anderson is a titan in the design community. As an educator, designer, author, and creative director, her output of work has helped shape and propel the design community worldwide for the past 30 years. Her enthusiasm for design has not abated, and she's now helping teach the next generation of designers at SVA in New York City. Our conversation touched on some of her most prolific work, including stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and art direction for Rolling Stone magazine. We also talke...more

  • 219: Jon Bell

    Nov 27 2017

    We're ending out MailChimp Month on Revision Path with a conversation with Jon Bell. Jon has worn many hats in his career -- design leader, product leader, entrepreneur -- and now he beings his experience to MailChimp as their newest design manager. Jon and I talked about his philosophy to design, as well as his vision for what he wants to accomplish in his new position. We also talked about how his background in politics helps his current work, the importance of mentors, and what the best thing...more

  • 218: Cyrus Henderson

    Nov 20 2017

    Cyrus Henderson may be new to MailChimp, but he's no stranger to the product design game, As a product designer on the ads team, he's also helped work on some of their latest campaigns. We talked a lot about learning and inspiration, and he shared some of his influences and gave advice for anyone wanting to get into product design. Cyrus is a great example of someone that's really taken advantage of both social media and the immense amount of design knowledge out there on the Internet to carve o...more

  • 217: Raven Covington

    Nov 13 2017

    As a software engineer at MailChimp, Raven works in the background to help make sure all of the platform's features run smoothly. It sounds like a big job, but Raven's strong problem solving skills makes it look easy. Raven has followed quite a nontraditional path before coming to MailChimp, and we talked about how her previous work in politics and as a tech recruiter helped her discover a love for technology and coding. She also shared her advice for anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps,...more

  • 216: Eric Muntz

    Nov 06 2017

    Eric Muntz has been with MailChimp since 2010, and he has really seen it grow into the hugely popular email service provider and marketing automation platform it is today. He also has a lot of perspective on the tech industry as a whole as a long time consultant and software developer. We talked about how a Blackberry app got his foot in the door at MailChimp, and he shared what he does on a day-to-day basis as the company's VP of development. We also talked about compromise and balance, and Eri...more

  • 215: Timothy Bardlavens

    Oct 30 2017

    Timothy Bardlavens has accomplished a lot since he started designing professionally five years ago. His design journey has taken him from coast to coast, and now he’s at Microsoft helping lead product innovation and UX while also heading up the culture team to foster greater inclusion throughout the company. And he is just getting started! We talked about how Microsoft has changed over the years, and he shared how he started with humble beginnings in South Carolina and worked his way up to one o...more

  • 214: Sibyl Edwards

    Oct 23 2017

    Sibyl Edwards is a true advocate for tech inclusion and women in technology. She's the chief creative inclusion officer for strategy agency Wetogethr, serves as president of DC Web Women, and is a co-founder of Black Female Founders, an organization and platform for Black women entrepreneurs. And that's not even everything she does! Sibyl talked to me about how she started out as a front-end web developer and the journey she went through to get to her current success. We also chatted about the o...more

  • 213: Omari Souza

    Oct 16 2017

    Diversity in design for Black people is an important issue, but a lot of its focus tends to go towards employment rather than education. Design researcher Omari Souza has approached the topic from a different angle, and his thesis reveals some startling insights. Omari shared how he first got into design and how his education at Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University inspired his push into design research. Omari is also a new full-time professor at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, s...more

  • 212: Mattieau St. Cyr

    Oct 09 2017

    When it comes to his work, Mattieau St. Cyr's philosophy as a creator is to always stay open. The multi-talented Torontonian has his hands in a lot of projects and wields a number of skills. As a visual storyteller, Mattieau created Mannik Realm, a vehicle for all his creative projects which includes film, apparel, design, and more. We talked about the inspirations behind Mannik Realm, and Mattieau talked about how his time in Japan helped change him as a designer. He also shared the processes b...more

  • 211: Mikhaile Solomon

    Oct 02 2017

    If you're ever down in Miami for Art Basel (or otherwise), then there's a good chance you've experienced Mikhaile Solomon's influence. As the director of Prizm Art Fair, she's helped curate and exhibit cultural activities from the African diaspora for the past five years. Listen as Mikhaile talks about how she began with Prizm Art Fair and shares what makes the Miami art and design scene so unique. We also talk about her recent travels throughout Africa, the beauty of Ghana, the controversy behi...more

  • 210: Derrick Rivers

    Sep 25 2017

    We're closing out HBCU Month this year on Revision Path by talking with award-winning creative director Derrick Rivers. With over fourteen years of experience, Derrick specializes in using strategy and business tactics along with design and art direction to reach customers across some of the world's most well-known brands. I caught up with Derrick fresh off his short stint in Chicago, and we talked about the difference between the two cities when it comes to creative community. We also touched o...more

  • 209: Frances Liddell

    Sep 18 2017

    We're back in the Bay Area this week, and we're talking to illustrator and senior UI/UX designer Frances Liddell! She comes from an illustrious legacy through Jackson State University, but as you'll hear in the interview, that doesn't mean that she hasn't had to work hard to obtain success. We talked about her "aha moment" as a designer, and we spent a lot of time dissecting and discussing HBCUs, "the pipeline", and the design community. Frances also shared her experiences in...more

  • 208: C. Spike Trotman

    Sep 11 2017

    If you're fan of indie comics, then you've no doubt heard of C. Spike Trotman. The cartoonist and best-selling author is the founder of Iron Circus Comics, Chicago's largest comic book publisher. Aside from this, Spike is a master when it comes to crowdfunding. To date, she's raised over $750,000 between 13 successful Kickstarter campaigns, and there's no signs of stopping. As a matter of fact, her 14th campaign begins today! It's a fact: if there's anyone who is making comics a better and more ...more

  • 207: Angelica McKinley

    Sep 04 2017

    We've had several folks from Slack here on Revision Path, and the latest one is digital designer Angelica McKinley! She has a wealth of experience in digital storytelling from working at The New York Times, and she's now making the switch from print to tech. We talked about her work at The New York Times, which went into a discussion on how Black creatives use tech as well as on the importance of HBCU pipelines. Angelica also shared what has her excited at the moment, and what she plans to accom...more

  • 206: Kim Goulbourne

    Aug 28 2017

    It's easy to see why Kim Goulbourne calls herself a "chronic creator". Whether she's helping first-time renters in NYC or helping others experience more of their city, this Webby award-winning maker is full of ideas with a focus on creating purpose-driven experiences with design and code. Kim talked me through her thought process for new projects, and she shared some information about her latest venture. Her and I also spent some time talking shop about entrepreneurship, finding leads,...more

  • 205: Duane Jones

    Aug 21 2017

    Duane Jones really breaks boundaries when it comes to design. While his main work is with information management, his passion for self-expression comes alive through his brand Art Pays Me. Duane is definitely one of the names you need to know in the Halifax design scene! We started off talking about how Duane's frustration with the design industry took him in an unexpected direction with his career, and he breaks down the differences between art and design, his philosophies on both subjects, and...more

  • 204: Hans Dorsinville

    Aug 14 2017

    Hans Dorsinville came across my radar when I saw AdWeek's Creative 100 for 2017. If his name doesn't sound familiar to you, then you've definitely seen his work. I'm talking Donna Karan, Lane Bryant...even Beyoncé. His creativity has been instrumental in some of the world's top luxury brands in fashion and beauty. Of course, we had to start off talking about his magnificent body of work! Hans talked about the business side of design and shared how he first got his start as a junior designer fres...more

  • 203: Catt Small

    Aug 07 2017

    Catt Small has been one of our most requested guests over the past few years, so we're starting off August by bringing her back on the show! Our conversation began with her talking about her day to day work as a product designer at Etsy, and then she spoke about her projects: Good for PoC and the 2017 Game Devs of Color Expo through her game development company Brooklyn Gamery. Catt and I also discussed the state of the gaming community for people of color, the importance of funding (including t...more

  • 202: Michael Hollander

    Jul 31 2017

    This week's guest is Michael Hollander, senior character animator at Telltale Games. You've no doubt seen his work through some of their best-selling titles, including Batman, The Walking Dead, and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. (And if you were a kid in the 90s like I was, you'll probably recognize him from the unsung superhero action series V.R. Troopers!) Wait until you hear his story! Michael talked about how he got his big break into acting and modeling, and the shift that occurred which...more

  • 201: Antonea Nabors

    Jul 24 2017

    I'm always excited to find out about great design talent all over the world, so I was really excited to find out about Antonea Nabors while randomly browsing the Web. What a discovery! For the past few years, Antonea has been working at some of the top design agencies in Australia. Currently, she's located in Brisbane and working as lead UI designer for Five Good Friends. During our conversation, Antonea talked about how she first got interested in design, shared how a contest entry ended up cha...more

  • 200: Sarah Huny Young

    Jul 17 2017

    For our 200th episode, we're bringing back one of our favorite guests -- Sarah Huny Young. Huny does it all -- she's a creative director, a multidisciplinary designer, and an overall creative titan. It was great to catch up with her and learn about what she's been doing since our 100th episode! We talked about her latest project, American Woman, and she shared how the project came to fruition and what its taught her since she started it a year ago. We also discussed funding for the creative arts...more

  • 199: Gintel Gee

    Jul 10 2017

    There are more options for you to enter design than you think, and Gintel Gee embodies that fact. This self-taught designer has honed her skills over the years and produced work for a number of LA's top agencies. Now she's branching out on her own, so we talked about the freelance hustle, the type of work she likes to do, and what designers helped inspire her aesthetic. We also discuss the pros and cons of working for agencies, how cutting her teeth on message boards helped her discover her cal...more

  • 198: Lisa Welchman

    Jul 03 2017

    As a digital creator, you may not even think much about the concept of digital governance. Don't worry though -- this week's guest, Lisa Welchman, literally wrote the book on digital governance! Our conversation begins with an overview on the topic, and Lisa describes how she got involved with digital governance. We also get into digital ethics, talk about how companies can apply digital governance to what they do, and a lot more. Lisa also discusses her recent vacation, the things that keeps he...more

  • 197: Ekpemi Anni

    Jun 26 2017

    We're closing out the month by skipping back across the pond to talk with the brilliant Ekpemi Anni! I love how she says anyone can be a designer and have a career in this industry. We start off by talking about what a UX consultant is, the type of work she does, and she answers the burning question of why UX is so popular now among up and coming designers.(The answer is simpler than you think!) Ekpemi also explains how her faith and her MBTI personality type both help her as a designer. Thanks ...more

  • 196: Felicia Penza

    Jun 19 2017

    When Felicia Penza described herself to me as "a mother, artist, vocalist, and part-time Soul Train dancer", I knew I was in for a great interview! By day, Felicia is running the show as the jill-of-all-trades at the Phoenix Art Museum. We start off by talking about her work at the museum, and from there go into how she first became interested in design. Felicia describes how she has seen the industry change in the past 15 years, explains why she decided to pursue a degree in design af...more

  • 195: Antoine Thomas

    Jun 12 2017

    The DMV area is brimming with Black design talent, and Antoine Thomas is no exception. As the founder of West 7th Design Studio, Antoine and his team create beautiful and functional designs for small businesses, government agencies, and more. We talked about his time at Howard University, and he gave a sneak peek into their design program, which is where he got the idea to to start his studio. He also shared his visions for engaging the next generation of Black designers, and told how he manages...more

  • 194: Datrianna Meeks

    Jun 05 2017

    Datrianna Meeks has been on our radar since we first profiled her back in 2015 as part of 28 Days of the Web. Since then, she's been making some tremendous strides in her career, leading up to her current position as a senior product designer at Spotify. Our conversation started off with Datrianna walking us through a typical day at work, and we spoke about the NYC design and tech scene and about her inspiring design journey. She's also a podcast fanatic, so we also talked about #AmpedBrunch, an...more

  • 193: Lauren Dorman

    May 29 2017

    I've said before that our Slack community has some great people, and this week's guest is no exception to that. Meet Lauren Dorman: a software developer in Berlin with a background in design and a penchant for working on projects that deal with music and technology. We started off discussing her current work with A Color Bright, and she explained how she made the move from the United States to Germany, how the process went, and how the two countries' perspectives on work and culture differ. Laur...more

  • 192: Laci Jordan

    May 22 2017

    There's few designers out there that can match Laci Jordan's unique mix of talent, energy, and hustle. This Los Angeles-based creative director and multidisciplinary designer is killing the game with her work, and I'm honored to get a chance to share this conversation with you all. We started off looking at the design scene in LA, talked about design awards, her time growing up in Alabama, and how a short stint with the FBI fueled her passion for design. I truly feel like Laci is at a point wher...more

  • 191: Craig Wilkins

    May 15 2017

    This week's interview is with none other than the venerable Craig Wilkins. Craig is one of the country's leading scholars on African-Americans in architecture, and he's an academic, activist, and author. He can now add one more "A" to his long list of titles -- award winner! I spoke with Craig fresh off his National Design Awards win, and we talked about a number of things -- his love for Detroit, what made him get involved in architecture, where he sees design education in the future,...more

  • 190: RJ Harrington

    May 08 2017

    RJ Harrington is partner and lead creative at Twenty and 3, a one-stop creative shop that builds engaging brands from the ground up. We talked about where the idea to start Twenty and 3 came from, how they approach client work, and what RJ thinks about the design community in Atlanta. She also shared a bit about her early career before breaking out on her own, and how taking that leap and paying it forward to others has helped keep her motivated for success. If you've been interested in starting...more

  • 189: Toni Patterson

    May 01 2017

    It's May, and our first interview of the month is with the talented and dynamic Toni Patterson. Toni has been killing the design scene in Baltimore for years through her company Skye Media Group, and her success is a true testament to the power of community. We started off going into how Toni first got interested in design, then we talk about why branding is important for businesses, and about her latest project Skye Soiree. Whether you're a designer, an entrepreneur, or just someone who wants a...more

  • 188: Brian Hollingsworth

    Apr 24 2017

    This week's episode is a bit of a walk down memory lane. Back in 2014, London-based designer Brian Hollingsworth was Revision Path's first international interview. Three years later, I'm checking back in on Brian to see what's new over on his side of the pond. We start off with a look at the London design scene for Black designers, then we go into the evolution of his current studio, Hollingsworth& and some of his other projects, including a design blog and being part of an art collective! L...more

  • 187: Tré Seals

    Apr 17 2017

    We're wrapping up our two-part series with a conversation with the extremely talented Tré Seals. His specialties lie in branding and illustration, but Tré is also a fantastic typographer. The interview starts off with Tré describing how he got interested in design, and talks about his time at Stevenson University (where he learned from one our former guests, Andrea Pippins). Tré also talks about his company, Vocal Type Co., and we get into a discussion on typography and fonts as he talks about t...more

  • 186: Tynesha Foreman

    Apr 10 2017

    For the next two weeks, I'm looking at two talented young creatives in the DMV area. First up: animator Tynesha Foreman. When she described herself to me as someone "with a proclivity for the grotesque," I knew I had to look into her work and bring on the show! Our conversation began by going into some of her current work at The Atlantic, and she talked about how she approaches new projects and where her love for animation began. Tynesha also spoke a bit about diversity in animation, s...more

  • 185: Janelle Allen

    Apr 03 2017

    If you've ever thought about having your own online course, then you'll definitely want to listen to this week's interview with Janelle Allen! She's a learning designer with a background in education, and her company Zen Courses helps people create online curricula using a process and system that's structured for success. Janelle starts off talking about how she got into learning design, and we take a look at the current environment of online learning and discuss the pros and cons. Janelle also ...more

  • 184: Alex Fefegha

    Mar 27 2017

    We're closing out March by talking with with London-based product designer and creative technologist Alex Fefegha. As the creative director of his own Alex's work has taken him all over the world, and he's currently creative director of Comuzi, an agency with clients like the BBC, the University of the Arts London and NHS England. Our talk is less of an interview and more of a conversation. We touch on a few entrepreneurial topics like starting a studio and finding clients, the state of diversit...more

  • 183: Chikezie Ejiasi

    Mar 20 2017

    I've had my eye on Chikezie Ejiasi and his work since we profiled him for 28 Days of the Web back in 2015. Fast forward to now, and Chikezie is working as a senior interaction designer at Google on their new Daydream VR platform. We had a lot to talk about! He shared information about Daydream and why virtual reality is becoming so popular right now, his "anti-conference" stance, and how not following a traditional design path helped set him up for success today. It's a great conversat...more

  • 182: Melissa Smith

    Mar 13 2017

    It's been a minute since we've had someone at Google on the show, so I was really excited to have the chance to interview Melissa Smith, a user experience researcher at Google working primarily on the YouTube mobile and desktop products. We talked about how user experience research factors into her work, why it's an important part of the design process, and talk about how she shifted from studying engineering towards her current work. There's even a conversation about self-driving cars! It's gre...more

  • 181: Ariem Anthony

    Mar 06 2017

    When you think about a designer who has built a body of work, think of Ariem Anthony. As a production design manager for Airbnb, he serves a critical role between the design and engineering departments. More than that, Ariem is a self-taught designer with over 25 years of experience to his name across print, web, multimedia, for companies such as Apple and Netflix. We start off by talking about the importance of production design, discussing Airbnb's open culture, exploring the advantages of bei...more

  • 180: Four Years!

    Feb 27 2017

    It's Revision Path's fourth anniversary! We're celebrating the occasion by taking a look back at some of the memorable guests we've had over the years, including Jacinda Walker, Ced Funches, AIGA Medalist Emory Douglas, and more. Plus, we have a special guest near the end of the episode, so make sure you stick around for that. It has truly been an honor and a blessing to interview all the 200+ Black designers, developers, and creatives that have been on Revision Path. Thanks to all of you who ha...more

  • 179: Natalie Nixon

    Feb 20 2017

    Our spotlight on Philadelphia continues this week with design strategist and hybrid thinker Natalie Nixon. Natalie has an impressive body of work ranging from fashion to anthropology, and her consulting and research lies at the intersection of creativity and strategy. Aside from her work as associate professor and founding director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University, Natalie is also the editor of "Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Exper...more

  • 178: Ron Tinsley

    Feb 13 2017

    Philadelphia's own Ron Tinsley is no stranger to the world of design. As the founder of Prophetik Soul Branding + Design, Ron uses his decades of consulting and design experience for "do-gooders, dreamers and optimists". I think that's something we could all use more of, don't you think? Ron talked about how a twist of fate prompted him to start his design studio, and he walked me through how he tackles projects and his personal design style. We also discussed design organizations, wor...more

  • 177: Jessica Bellamy

    Feb 06 2017

    We're starting off February this year by talking with entrepreneur and visual storyteller Jessica Bellamy. She specializes in creating eye-catching information graphics that are easy to understand and share, which is definitely needed in this current climate of "fake news". Jessica talked about her exhibit titled The Black Woman Project, the progressive design scene in Louisville, Kentucky, and how she started her grassroots design studio GRIDS, which is currently working on a project ...more

  • 176: Djuvane Browne

    Jan 30 2017

    We're back in the Caribbean this week and talking with Djuvane Browne, UI designer and owner of One Great Studio in Kingston, Jamaica. If you're a freelancer and looking to level up in 2017, then you will want to hear what Djuvane has to say! Djuvane gives me a quick rundown on an average day at his studio, and shares the one secret that transformed his business to where it is today. We also talk about the design scene in Kingston, the notion of a "Caribbean aesthetic", and what he wou...more

  • 175: Chad Brown

    Jan 23 2017

    I'm so glad I had the opportunity to speak with Chad Brown. Aside from his own studio, Chado Creative, he also owns the nonprofit organization Soul River Inc. and has his own apparel line! On top of all of this, Chad's an adventurer at heart. We start off talking about how he got started in design, what it means to him to be a designer today, and then Chad shared his backstory of being in the military and how those experiences shaped him and helped him to where he is today. I really want you to ...more

  • 174: Paul Anthony Webb

    Jan 16 2017

    If you've hung out in our Slack community for any amount of time, chances are you've encountered Paul Anthony Webb. (You might have also seen him rocking some of our merch too!) Paul's curiosity for tech and design, along with his extensive project work, definitely grabbed my attention. Having him come on the show was a no-brainer! We started off our conversation talking about how Paul first got into design, and from there we talked about his process for coming up with new ideas and creating new...more

  • 173: Anne H. Berry

    Jan 09 2017

    Get ready for a great conversation this week as I talk to Anne H. Berry, assistant professor of graphic design at Cleveland State University. I've been familiar with Anne's work for years; her writing at Goshen Commons about diversity and design gave me a lot to think about in the early days of Revision Path. And when she reached out to me to talk about what I was doing, I knew I had to have her on the show! We start off by talking about her current work teaching at CSU (including a concentratio...more

  • 172: Aisha Densmore-Bey

    Jan 02 2017

    Happy New Year! 2017 is here, and we're back with a new roster of great interviews for January. First up: Boston-based architect and designer Aisha Densmore-Bey. Architecture is sometimes left out of conversations about design, so Aisha and I spend some time unpacking that notion. She also shared what she'd like to see more of from the design community, gave her thoughts on the controversial #NotMyAIA campaign, and spoke about the work she does with getting kids interested in design careers thro...more

  • 171: Qa'id Jacobs (Part 2 of 2)

    Dec 19 2016

    This week's episode picks up a few weeks after Qa'id Jacobs and I first talked. (If you missed Part 1 of this interview, listen to it here.) The presidential election just ended here in the U.S., and I wanted to get Qa'id's feedback on how he was feeling. What follows is pretty surprising! I ask Qa'id if he and his family are still planning to move back to the United States, and he shares his thoughts on how and what these turbulent times mean for designers and for Black Americans. It's a bit of...more

  • 170: Qa'id Jacobs (Part 1 of 2)

    Dec 12 2016

    I don't remember exactly how I first found out about Qa'id Jacobs, but based on our conversation, he's someone that I will never forget. Our conversation was so deep, in fact, that I wanted to make this our first two-part episode! In part one of our talk, I got to learn more about Qa'id, including what he does as a product and systems designer, how his background in music and business led him to tech and design, the myth of Black creatives fleeing to Europe for greater civility, and what eventua...more

  • 169: Tanya Marie

    Dec 05 2016

    We're headed back to the Caribbean this week and talking with designer and creative director Tanya Marie. Tanya is the creator of Designer Island, an online publication that curates the modern Caribbean aesthetic. We talked about why Tanya started Designer Island, and from there explored a bit about the Caribbean design aesthetic and what it means. She also shared how she first got into design, the new journey of entrepreneurship, and gave some context on what designers should know about about t...more

  • 168: Jacklyn Laryea

    Nov 28 2016

    We're closing out the month out with a conversation with Facebook product designer Jacklyn Laryea. Jacklyn's relatively new at Facebook, but her background includes work at PBS, The Atlantic, and AOL. Although we started off talking about what Jacklyn does at Facebook, we ended up discussing a lot of different topics, including how Jacklyn's Ghanaian roots influence her work, what she wants to see from the design community, and her advice for up and coming designers. But the interview's not all ...more

  • 167: John Angelo

    Nov 21 2016

    John Angelo is a product design lead for Facebook News. He uses his specialty with emotive psychology and interaction design to make sure users are not just easily using the service, but that they're happy while doing it. John started off telling me about his passion for news and about how growing up all over the world left an impression on him as a designer. We also talked about the ins and outs of interaction design, how he approaches new projects, and some of the highlights of his career. Joh...more

  • Bonus Episode: Maya Patterson

    Nov 17 2016

    We've got a special bonus episode for you this week! I had the opportunity to talk with Maya Patterson, a product designer for Trunk Club in Chicago, Illinois. After a few chats in our Slack community about diversity and the state of design media, I thought she would me a fantastic guest. Our conversation began with a look into a typical day for her at Trunk Club, and she shared how she got into product design, as well as the challenges she's faced being a Black woman in this field. We recorded ...more

  • 166: Karla Cole

    Nov 14 2016

    I first heard about Karla Cole through a past guest -- Allan Cole (no relation). As one of Facebook's newest product designers, Karla works on one the composer unit, one of Facebook's most vital features that asks "what's on your mind" when you want to make a Facebook post. Karla and I touched on a lot of topics, including design curriculum, how she approaches new projects, some of her dream projects, and her journey as a designer from North Carolina to Virginia to NYC to Facebook. Kar...more

  • 165: Reggie Murphy

    Nov 07 2016

    Last month, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -- visiting Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA! I recorded some interviews while I was there that will air this month, and I spoke as part of Facebook's Design Lecture Series. First up, I'm talking with UX research manager Reggie Murphy. We started off by going into what UX research is and why it's important for designers, and Reggie shared how studying radio websites in the mid-90s turned into the career he has today. Reggie also gave some...more

  • 164: Sela Lewis

    Oct 31 2016

    You're really in for a great conversation this week! Sela Lewis described herself to me as "a designer who writes", but I think it's better to describe her as a designer who thinks. Whether she's expressing herself through her blog or taking on lofty design projects, Sela is always figuring out how her design skills can exist in multiple spaces to make the best impact on the world. We started off with her current work at Education Trust, and from there dove into a number of topics: Bla...more

  • 163: Jonathan Key

    Oct 24 2016

    If you're not inspired after hearing Jonathan Key talk about design, you might need to check your pulse! Jonathan's design work is all about representation, whether it's through his creative collective Codify Art or by taking a stand against state-sponsored violence by the police via Artists Against Police Violence. And he's still doing more! We started our conversation by discussing why it's important for artists and designers to be involved with social issues, and from there talked about his t...more

  • 162: Larrie King

    Oct 17 2016

    Larrie King has a really interesting vantage point in the design community. As an assistant professor of design at Kent State University, he teaches the next generation of designers to take on the challenges of our ever-changing world. And as creative director of Glyphix Studio, he oversees projects and keeps clients happy. It's the best of both worlds! We spent a good bit of our conversation talking about design education and how he manages both of his roles at KSU. We also spoke on diversity i...more

  • 161: Lyn Muldrow

    Oct 10 2016

    Have I mentioned lately that I love our Slack community? There are so many talented and amazing people there, including this week's guest -- Lyn Muldrow! Lyn is a front-end developer, as well as the technical manager for Oakland-based nonprofit organization Hack the Hood. We talked about how she got interested in technology at an early age, her experiences in Silicon Valley (and how that led her to where she is now), and we touch on the double consciousness around "being yourself" in a...more

  • 160: Paul Edoho-Eket

    Oct 03 2016

    I first met Paul Edoho-Eket earlier this year at HOW Design Live here in Atlanta. Paul is a design educator that's currently pulling double duty in Nashville, TN at Nossi College of Art and Fisk University. Talk about dedication! Since our interview was an extra from HBCU Month, we did spend a good bit of time comparing and contrasting his teaching experiences at Nossi and Fisk. Paul is a Fisk alumnus, and he talked about his time at Fisk, as well as what drives him to give back through educatio...more

  • 159: KeVon Ticer

    Sep 26 2016

    We're ending out HBCU Month on Revision Path by talking with KeVon Ticer, a UX designer for the University of California. KeVon's journey has a designer has taken him from coast to coast! We spent a good bit of time talking about HBCUs -- Howard University in particular, KeVon's alma mater -- and whether they're preparing the next generation of designers. KeVon also shared his experiences at Carnegie Mellon and BitTorrent, and told me what it means to him to be a designer today. Thanks to KeVon ...more

  • 158: Tamala Huntley

    Sep 19 2016

    Tamala Huntley has been requested by a lot of former guests of the show, and now I see why! Her unbridled enthusiasm for what she does and how she lives her life is a breath of fresh air. You've gotta hear her story! We began by looking at her current work as a digital marketing strategist and she talked about some of the tools she uses to run her business. From there, we took a journey through her career, starting with her early days at FAMU, starting her own Christian bookstore, and how she tr...more

  • 157: Nakita M. Pope

    Sep 12 2016

    One thing I love about what Nakita M. Pope does is that she takes complex concepts and makes them simple and easy for anyone to understand. As a designer, brand strategist, and Chief Chick of her own studio Branding Chicks, Nakita has helped transform the lives of her clients for over 15 years! We started off by looking at how she started her boutique branding studio, talked about her work as a design educator at The Creative Circus, and touched on her educational journey from Hampton University...more

  • 156: Douglas Davis

    Sep 05 2016

    I've known about Douglas Davis for years because of his work with HOW Design University. I finally met him in person this year at HOW Design Live, and was delighted to have him come on the show! Douglas stays busy — he’s a former professor at NYU and a current adjunct professor at City College's Branding and Integrated Communications graduate program, as well as a designer and creative strategist with his own firm called The Davis Group. Now he can add another title to his resume -- author! His ...more

  • 155: Andrea Williams

    Aug 29 2016

    We're ending out our month of legacies by checking in with Andrea Williams, an art director and self-professed budding calligrapher in Detroit. Speaking of Motor City, that's where our conversation began. We talked about what it's like working for a global ad agency, and then moved into an exploration of the Detroit design scene. From here, Andrea discussed how she got started with hand lettering, her time at Wayne State University, and what it's like for her being a Black woman in the advertisi...more

  • 154: Fredric Mitchell

    Aug 22 2016

    Fredric Mitchell and I go way back in these Internet streets, so when I started Revision Path back in 2013, I was glad he was one of the first people to agree to an interview. Currently, Fredric is the VP of Engineering at Better Weekdays, a startup in St. Louis, MO that helps students find jobs. We started off by talking about his current work at Better Weekdays, and then we explored what he feels developers need to know in the current market. Fredric also gave some great insight on why side hu...more

  • 153: Kronda Adair

    Aug 15 2016

    I had the pleasure of first interviewing Kronda for the site back in 2013, and it has been amazing to see her progress over the years. As the founder of Karvel Digital, Kronda develops WordPress websites and gives business owners the training they need to own and manage their digital presence. We spent a lot of time talking about how Kronda built her business, including what she's learned over the years and how she's taken that knowledge and distilled it into her latest project: Websites That Wo...more

  • 152: Senongo Akpem

    Aug 08 2016

    Senongo Akpem is a brilliant art director and illustrator currently in New York City. What I love about Senongo's work is how he mixes futurism along with his Nigerian culture to create really fantastically creative projects. We started off by discussing two of his most well-known projects -- Pixel Fable and Holo Halo. From there, Senongo walked me through his early career, explained how his time in Japan helped shaped him as a designer, and gave some really sharp critiques on the current design...more

  • 151: Dewon Hall

    Aug 01 2016

    After 150 episodes, I thought it would be a great idea to look back at some of the designers we've profiled from the early days of Revision Path. What are they up to now? What has changed since our first interview? I'm curious to know! Dewon Hall was first featured on the site back in August 2013, and he's currently the webmaster for Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS. Before his work at MVSU, he worked for the past decade at Shamoon Advertising and Marketing creating award-win...more

  • 150: Ashleigh Axios

    Jul 25 2016

    July has been such an amazing month, and I'm so excited to celebrate our 150th episode with a conversation with the incomparable Ashleigh Axios. She's an international speaker, a strategic creative, a member of the national board of directors for AIGA, president emeritus for AIGA DC, and is the former creative director for the White House under President Obama's administration. Whoa! We talked about the work Ashleigh's done during her tenure at the White House, and she shared which project chall...more

  • 149: De Nichols

    Jul 18 2016

    When I first asked De Nichols what title she would give herself, she said "I'm a curator of creative connections. A civic matchmaker. A creator." Pretty nice, right? De is more than just a title though -- her work helps changemakers nationwide actualize creative solutions to issues that matter most to them and their communities. We started off talking about her current work, including her activism work in Ferguson. We also talked about her organization Civic Creatives, and she gave som...more

  • 148: Amélie Lamont

    Jul 11 2016

    Our Slack community is filled with talented designers and technologists, and that's where I first met Amélie Lamont. Amélie is a product designer in New York City who is one-third of the team behind Good for PoC, a directory of tech companies which are inclusive and safe for people of color. Our conversation began with Amélie talking about the inspiration behind Good for PoC, and how the site has been received by the community. From there we talked about "Not a Black Chair", her accoun...more

  • 147: Jon Lewis

    Jul 04 2016

    It's Independence Day here in the U.S., and what better way to celebrate that than by talking with a self-made business owner? Meet Jon Lewis: designer, co-founder and chief product officer of Circa Victor, a political technology firm currently based in Washington D.C. Jon and his team infuse design thinking and technology into our nation's political system by empowering journalists, the public, and decision makers at every level of government. We started off talking about how Circa Victor got s...more

  • 146: Andrea Pippins

    Jun 27 2016

    Andrea Pippins claims many titles -- educator, designer, author -- but above all, she's an artist first. Andrea just finished her latest book Becoming Me, so this interview came right on time! We began by talking about Andrea's journey as an author from her first book I ♥ My Hair to today. Andrea also shared what first got her involved in design, spoke about her time at art school at Temple University, touched on her work as a design educator (including her current position at MICA), and a whole...more

  • 145: Sanford Greene

    Jun 20 2016

    Comic book fans, you're in for a treat this week! I'm talking with Sanford Greene, illustrator for Marvel Comics and half of the team behind the new Power Man and Iron Fist. Sanford's style is unmistakeable, and his work has also graced other Marvel titles like Deadpool and Spider-Man. We talked about how he got his start with Marvel, his feelings on the new Luke Cage series on Netflix (and his rising popularity), as well as his own title Rotten Apple on Dark Horse Comics. Sanford's motto of cre...more

  • 144: Amy Lee Walton

    Jun 13 2016

    It's not often that you meet someone like Amy Lee Walton. As a cartographer, Amy Lee helps Mapbox create maps that combine technology and aesthetics. I started off by asking her what makes a good map, and from there we went more into how she got first interested in technology, using design for social good, and her advice for designers and developers alike. Our world is changing every day, and it's talented people like Amy Lee that are helping to navigate it one map at a time! Amy Lee Walton's W...more

  • 143: Kingsley Harris

    Jun 06 2016

    If you've been listening to the show for the past few months, you've heard me doing short interviews with designers at Facebook. This week, I'm really glad to have the chance to interview one at length -- Kingsley Harris. Our conversation started off with Kingsley talking about what he does at Facebook, and then we spoke about how he got into design, his early days at social networking pioneer BlackPlanet, and talked about how we can get the next generation interested in design. Kingsley might n...more

  • 142: Denise Jacobs

    May 30 2016

    Denise Jacobs is a woman who needs no introduction. Her work as a speaker, author, and creativity evangelist has her spreading the gospel of creativity at conferences and tech companies around the world, and has definitely made her a household name in the industry. We started off talking about how Denise first got started in the industry and later broke into the speaker circuit, as well as her career transition from CSS to creativity. Denise also shared some great information about how to find y...more

  • 141: Rich Hollant

    May 23 2016

    Rich Hollant's body of work is just...amazing. As the principal, strategist, and design director at CO:LAB (a firm he started in 1988), he has done work with everyone from Fortune 500 corporations to cities and municipalities with enriching social value projects. He's won awards from AIGA, CADC, Print, HOW, and many other organizations. Rich is also going to be a new national board member for AIGA...and there's even more! While we did spend a good bit of time on the work that Rich and his firm d...more

  • 140: Harrison Wheeler

    May 16 2016

    "Regardless of your dreams, don't let anyone stop you." When Harrison Wheeler, told me this before our interview, I knew that we were going to have a good conversation on our hands. Harrison is the design manager at Base, a customer relationship management tool used by entrepreneurs to help track clients and set up a sales process so your business runs more efficiently. We started off by going through a typical day for Harrison, and he shared what he thinks makes someone a good design ...more

  • 139: Asia Hoe

    May 09 2016

    When Asia and I spoke before recording, she told me that one thing she wanted people to take away from our talk was that it doesn't matter what your path is, there's a way into technology. I think that's super important for people to hear, especially when there's so much talk about college programs, hackathons, and the like. There's more than one way to be a part of this industry, and Asia's story definitely illustrates that. We started off talking about the work she's currently doing as a produ...more

  • 138: Dr. Vukosi Marivate

    May 02 2016

    It's May, and we're beginning the month by talking with Dr. Vukosi Marivate. Dr. Marivate is a data scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. His work primarily deals with machine learning, so I had to ask one question -- how do machines learn? From there, Dr. Marivate walked me through a typical day, answered some great questions from our Slack community, and shared what people who are interested in data science should learn. We also talked about hi...more

  • 137: Earl Carlson

    Apr 25 2016

    We're back to New York City this week -- Brooklyn, to be exact -- and talking with Digital Ocean product designer Earl Carlson. Earl is proof that you can move around and try different things as long as you have the drive to succeed. We started off talking about Earl's college days at the University of Michigan, and then Earl guided me through where his design skills have taken him -- New Orleans and San Francisco. We also talked about some of the work he's doing at Digital Ocean, his great post...more

  • 136: Eniola Odetunde

    Apr 18 2016

    We have a lot of students that listen to Revision Path, but I haven't actually had a student on as a guest in a long time! Enter Eniola Odetunde: a visual designer and current grad student at the Savannah College Art of Design. She shared some great insights into the life of a student designer that I think you'll enjoy. Eniola's specialty as a designer deals with movement, so we talked about how she got into dynamic typography and stop motion work. She also shared why hand lettering is so popula...more

  • 135: Satchell Drakes

    Apr 11 2016

    Designer and web video producer Satchell Drakes is someone I've wanted to have on the show for quite a while. Satchell is probably best known for his YouTube channel Satchbag's Goods -- a collection of gorgeously produced and insightful videos on gaming, movies, music, and culture. We started off talking about the independent Internet space and how he got started with design and video and he walked me through his workflow and what a typical day is like for him as a designer. Satchell also shared...more

  • 134: Dr. James H. Hill

    Apr 04 2016

    "If there's one thing I want people to know, it's that computer science is accessible by everyone." When Dr. James H. Hill told me that, I had a feeling this was going to be a pretty interesting interview. Dr. Hill is currently an associate professor of computer science at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as co-director of their Software Engineering and Distributed Systems research group. We start...more

  • 133: Kat Vellos

    Mar 28 2016

    March is ending with a great interview with product designer Kat Vellos. Kat's unique approach to user experience design comes from her past work in visual design, education, and facilitation. Very cool! We talked about some of her current projects, including #EndSmallTalk and the popular Bay Area Black Designers meetup. We also discussed mentorship and how people can use design in their communities. Kat's curious and inquisitive nature, combined with her background, makes her a really thoughtfu...more

  • 132: Bemnet Yemesgen

    Mar 21 2016

    Bemnet Yemesgen wears a lot of different hats -- creative director, photographer, strategist -- but if you're looking for a title that describes his work, "creator" is the one. We talked about his early years growing up in Addis Ababa, moving to the U.S. for college, and his current work in our nation's capital. We also spent some time talking about how his faith impacts his design work, along with why he loves learning by going to conferences. Bemnet's main goals are to inspire, educa...more

  • 131: Antoinette Smith

    Mar 14 2016

    We've talked about coding bootcamps several times here on Revision Path, so I thought it would be a fantastic idea to talk with someone who teaches them! Meet Antoinette Smith, an instructor and software engineer with Prime Digital Academy. We started off with an overview of Prime Digital Academy and what Antoinette teaches, and from there we talked about the effectiveness of coding bootcamps for employers and Antoinette's love for databases. We also spent some time talking about the local Twin ...more

  • 130: Maurice Cherry

    Mar 07 2016

    It's Revision Path's 3rd anniversary, and this week I'm the one in the hot seat! You've heard me interview dozens of Black designers and developers from around the world, and now you can learn more about me, how Revision Path got started, and how Revision Path has allowed me to make a bigger impact in the design community. You'll even learn about the one idea I'm most passionate about that I haven't released to the public! A huge thanks to comedian and programmer Brandi Brown for interviewing me...more

  • 129: Ben Lindo

    Feb 29 2016

    When I first heard Ben's amazing story of becoming an industrial designer, I knew that I had to have him on the show. Chairs, tables, utensils, plates...industrial design touches our world in even the smallest things. We started off with a dive into the world of industrial design as Ben described how he got interested in the field. From there, we go deep into Ben's time at Philadelphia University, his discovery of famed industrial designer Noel Mayo, and his love of volunteering and mentorship. ...more

  • 128: Dian Holton

    Feb 22 2016

    Dian Holton is a design superhero! By day, she's an editorial art director at AARP. But by night, she's installing window displays, dressing mannequins, and creating magic for the GAP through the nation's capital. Did I mention that she's also on the board of Washington DC's AIGA chapter and she's on AIGA's national Diversity and Inclusion Task Force? She does it all! Our conversation started off with a look into her day job, and from there we talked about DC's design scene, her love for volunte...more

  • 127: Vince Baskerville

    Feb 15 2016

    Vince Baskerville is a real mover and shaker in the design and tech community here in Atlanta. Whether he's teaching the next generation of UX designers at General Assembly or helping CallRail improve their call tracking software as their director of user experience, Vince's work ethic is rooted in leading by example. We started off talking about his work at CallRail as he walked me through a typical day on the job. From there, we discussed his work co-founding the popular travel app TripLingo, ...more

  • 126: Anna Wilder

    Feb 08 2016

    This week, I'm talking with Anna Wilder, lead designer and brand manager for De Novo Nutrition. While she is based out of Tampa, Florida, she's a Chicagoland native with education from Savannah College of Arts and Columbia College Chicago. We started off talking about what it's like working as the first design hire for a startup, and from there went into her transition from the midwest to the South. She also walked us through a typical day at De Novo, and she spoke about what motivates her as a ...more

  • 125: Kojo Boateng

    Feb 01 2016

    It's our 125th episode, and I'm delighted to bring you this conversation with Kojo Boateng. Kojo's a multidisciplinary designer with a background in graphic design and motion graphics probably most well-known for his tenure as design director for the award-winning ITV News in the United Kingdom. We started off recapping his work for ITV News, and Kojo shared what makes great graphics for television and how color influences the news. From there, he shared what he's focusing on now along with some...more

  • 124: Ayana Baltrip-Balagás

    Jan 28 2016

    We're closing out January with a great interview with another multitalented creator -- San Francisco's own Ayana Baltrip-Balagás. She's a designer, a photographer, a business owner, an educator, and so much more! Our conversation started off talking about the Organization of Black Designers, and from there we went into Ayana's history as an actress and dancer (and how that led into photography and design). We also touched on design education, and Ayana shared some great information on design thi...more

  • 123: Vaughn Dabney

    Jan 25 2016

    "I am a firm believer in doing what you love no matter what it takes." Vaughn Dabney's philosophy of happiness has led him to personal and professional success, and I couldn't think of a better person to have on the show during a time of the year when we're all making goals and resolutions to improve. We talked about what drew him to mobile development, his dev platform of choice, his company Empty Box Media, and where he sees his company going in the future. For Vaughn, being happy is...more

  • 122: Napoleon Wright II

    Jan 18 2016

    When I asked Napoleon Wright II to describe what he does, he gave me a list of titles -- animator, videographer, filmmaker, musician, designer, etc. Needless to say, he's brimming with creative ability, and that always makes for a great interview. We started off talking about the Raleigh creative scene, and from there went into how Napoleon first got into design, the creation of his design company Pan II Creative, as well as his forays into music. This industry moves fast, and a creative like Na...more

  • 121: Mario Moorhead

    Jan 04 2016

    Happy new year! We're kicking off our 2016 interviews by chatting with Mario Moorhead. While Mario is a full-stack developer and architect, a lot of our conversation didn't even focus on technology! We talked about how Mario got into programming, his life as a musician, some projects he's working on right now (including a political mashup site), and the people who inspire him. You can tell Mario's a real deep thinker with a unique outlook on life. Hope you enjoy! Mario Moorhead on Twitter Black...more

  • 120: Oen Michael Hammonds

    Dec 31 2015

    Oen Michael Hammonds, a designer, mentor and lead facilitator at IBM Design, has designed across the gamut — advertising, graphic, interactive and environmental. At IBM Design, Oen works with internal teams to develop design thinking among executives, software development teams, and sales. First, we talked about design thinking -- what it is, how it's used, and why it's important. From there, our conversation focused on Oen's journey as a designer, the importance of AIGA to his career, and what ...more

  • 119: Erica Joy

    Dec 28 2015

    Erica Joy is a build and release engineer for Slack. When she's not busy working on the latest features for the popular team collaboration tool, she's speaking out on the problems in the tech community and how they can be solved. We spoke about a typical day at Slack, talked about her popular piece on Medium titled "The Other Side of Diversity", touched on the topic of diversity advocacy, and even talked about genealogy. (Talk about a range of topics!) Erica's voice is so needed in thi...more

  • 118: Mina Markham

    Dec 24 2015

    If you're involved in the Sass community, there's a good chance you've heard of front-end architect Mina Markham. She's definitely known in the Dallas area for her work with Girl Develop it, Black Girls Code, and other non-profit organizations, and she's currently working on the campaign staff for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton! We talked about Mina's journey as a designer, her love for giving back to the community, why she loves Sass, and the people that motivate and inspire her. Mina is ...more

  • 117: Rachel Harsley

    Dec 21 2015

    We have a lot of students who listen to the show, so it was a nice bit of serendipity when Rachel Harsley reached out to me to tell me about her story! Rachel is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as the developer of a revolutionary new app called Clean Slate Messenger. We spoke about Rachel's current studies, what she's learned at her internships at AT&T, Intel, GE, and Google, and how mentorship and the community have helped her succeed. Rachel will be working...more

  • 116: Marco Rogers

    Dec 17 2015

    Marco Rogers is the engineering manager at Clover Health, a unique health insurance plan focused on driving down costs and producing improved health outcomes. Marco also writes small novels on Twitter (his words, not mine!) on everything from the current state of the tech industry to issues dealing with inequality and social justice. That's quite an intersection! We talked about the work he's doing at Clover Health, touched on the always hot topic of diversity in the tech industry, and learned h...more

  • 115: Diógenes Brito

    Dec 14 2015

    You may have heard of Diógenes Brito from his blog post "Just A Brown Hand". In it, he talks about his process behind a simple design change that has now made ripples throughout the tech community. Small changes definitely can have big consequences! In our conversation, we talked about confusing job titles in the tech industry, his philosophy as a designer, who he admires, and his current obsessions. Diógenes is definitely someone who thinks deeply about design and its impact (even in ...more

  • 114: Darhil Crooks

    Dec 10 2015

    Darhil Crooks is the creative director for The Atlantic. He oversees the art direction of the magazine across print, online, and on mobile and tablet devices. His work has literally graced the covers of some the world's most popular magazines, including Esquire, Ebony, and The Source. Our conversation...wow...where to begin? Darhil walked me through a typical day for him at the magazine and we discussed what makes a good magazine cover as well as some of his older work. From there, he spoke on h...more

  • 113: Justin Edmund

    Dec 07 2015

    You may know about Justin Edmund from one of two places -- his turn as a child actor in the 1996 holiday classic "The Preacher's Wife" or as Pinterest's first design hire (who USA Today profiled last year about being Black in Silicon Valley). What more is there that you could know? A lot! We talked about his shift from acting to technology, his time at Carnegie Mellon, the early days of Pinterest, and his focus on using design to solve big problems and help the less privileged among us...more

  • 112: Ryan Williams

    Dec 03 2015

    There's so much conversation around diversity in tech these days, especially as it relates to hiring. I had a chance to interview Ryan Williams, one of the co-founders of Jopwell, a company that helps companies connect with and recruit minority candidates for internships, entry-level positions, and experienced hiring opportunities. We talked about how Jopwell began and went through YCombinator, hiring trends, Jopwell's next steps, and what success looks like for him and for the company. Jopwell ...more

  • 111: Gabrielle Smith

    Nov 30 2015

    I've known about Gabrielle Smith's work since 2010 through her popular, award-winning website The:nublk, a platform that showcases the work of contemporary creatives and content with a focus on Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. (Sound familiar?) We talked about what Gabrielle has learned since starting The:nublk, Black people we should look out for in the British creative scene, some of the coolest projects she's worked with, and her advice for creatives who need a push. I'm really intere...more

  • 110: Saron Yitbarek

    Nov 26 2015

    Saron Yitbarek is the patron saint of beginning coders. Her platform CodeNewbie -- which is also a Twitter chat, Slack community, and a popular podcast -- serves as a helpful and supportive community for anyone looking to start their journey to becoming a programmer. We talked about her inspiration for starting CodeNewbie, how she first got into code, how cultivating CodeNewbie has helped balance the negativity in the tech industry, and what fuels her to succeed. I love how Saron is such a posit...more

  • 109: Gus Granger

    Nov 23 2015

    When it comes to design, Gus Granger is no stranger. As the principal of Dallas' premiere brand communications agency 70kft, Gus works with clients and oversees a team focused on providing design, public relations, and digital marketing services to their clients. We talked about how Gus started his company from the ground up, the current climate surrounding diversity in the technology and design communities, the importance of AIGA for students, and his recent project from Studio 360 which involv...more

  • 108: Shannon Washington

    Nov 19 2015

    Shannon Washington is a true creative force! Several people that have been on the show have recommended that I talk with her, and after seeing her in this year's Women's Freedom Conference, I knew I had to make it happen. Our conversation started with a simple question: "When did you first fall in love with design?" From there, we talked about her time at Howard University, how she became a creative director, the people who inspire her, and her dream project. Shannon is definitely more...more

  • 107: Dori Tunstall

    Nov 16 2015

    When Dori Tunstall told me that the reason why we design is to make thoughts tangible, I had an idea I would be in for a fantastic interview. Dori is the associate professor of design anthropology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Through her work, she shows how the processes and artefacts of design help define what it means to be human. Our interview started off with a brief overview of the sphere of design anthropology, along with a tour of her professional career ...more

  • 106: Craig Brimm

    Nov 12 2015

    I've been a fan of Craig Brimm's website Kiss My Black Ads for years, so I was really glad to have the chance to interview him for the show! Craig has been in the advertising and design business for nearly 20 years, so he has a great perspective on these industries. We talked about his start in design here in Atlanta, the ups and downs of working for agencies, and his newest venture -- entrepreneurship! This is definitely an interview you'll want to take notes with while listening because Craig ...more

  • 105: Douglass Turner

    Nov 09 2015

    When Douglass Turner contacted me via Twitter and said he had a story to tell, I was intrigued. But it wasn't until we sat down and started recording that I really see what he meant. From growing up in NYC surrounded by poets and writers to working at Apple in the 80s and 90s to spending years in Reykjavik, Iceland...Douglass Turner has lived. Our discussion covered all of this and a lot more, including his thoughts on the ubiquity of software in today's world, the work he's doing now with his c...more

  • 104: Sheila Owens

    Nov 05 2015

    I was introduced to Sheila Owens through a fellow Morehouse alum, and wow -- what a discovery! Sheila has over 30 years of software development experience to her name, and she's currently doing Android development using Java. We talked about how her entry into computer science was a bit of a fluke, her work for the United States Government, the experience of teaching computer science, and her advice for up and coming programmers. Sheila's got quite a story, so make sure you check out what she ha...more

  • 103: Carissa Hempton

    Nov 02 2015

    I'm kicking off November by talking with Carissa Hempton, art director, designer, and one-half of the design studio known as A Civil Fox. Their motto -- Heartfelt Headstrong Design -- informs their creative process from start to finish. Carissa talked to me about how A Civil Fox started, what a typical day is like working from home and balancing life and projects, the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship, and the importance of side projects. Carissa also works with AIGA Houston, so she's reall...more

  • 102: Iheanyi Ekechukwu

    Oct 26 2015

    We're taking a trip back down to Austin this week to talk with full-stack software engineer Iheanyi Ekechukwu. Iheanyi works at the IBM Watson Innovation Labs doing next-level work on cognitive computing systems that use data to enhance, scale, and accelerate human expertise. Pretty cool! We started off talking about tech -- what programming languages he's working with, what projects he's built, etc. -- but we quickly shifted to a pretty frank discussion on diversity in tech. From there, Iheanyi...more

  • Bonus Episode: Olivier Madiba

    Oct 19 2015

    This special interview with game developer Olivier Madiba was a real treat. Olivier is the founder and CEO of Kiro'o Games, the first video game studio in central Africa (Cameroon, to be exact)! We recorded this interview during their Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their first title -- African-fantasy RPG Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan -- and I'm happy to report that the game is now fully funded! Our interview talks about how Olivier first came up with the idea for the game, how he man...more

  • 101: Jack Butler

    Oct 19 2015

    This week's episode is really special to me on a personal level. I talked with Jack Butler, an analytics associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago -- and one of my cousins! Jack is originally from Atlanta, and is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in decision science. We talked about decision science and how it works, some of the projects he's working on at PricewaterhouseCoopers dealing with big data, and how he's been able to make his own way at such a young a...more

  • 100: Sarah Huny Young

    Oct 12 2015

    For Revision Path's 100th interview, I had the opportunity to talk with design powerhouse Sarah Huny Young. Huny's portfolio speaks for itself, and she's done next-level design work for big entertainment brands like VIBE Magazine and BET. Currently, she's the founder of Supreme Clientele, a design agency in Pittsburgh, PA that has done work for award-winning websites like VSB, Soulbounce, The Curvy Fashionista, and the Women's Freedom Conference. Our conversation touched on so many things -- ent...more

  • 099: Marsha Mothersill

    Oct 05 2015

    Marsha Mothersill wears a lot of hats -- web developer, business owner, project manager -- and she loves it! Marsha comes from a family of entrepreneurs, and she has a real knack for web development and solving big problems. We talked about the design work she's done around London, how and why she took the leap into starting her own business, her love for automobiles, and the advocacy work she does for sickle cell anemia awareness. It's a really great interview, and Marsha is a true inspiration....more

  • 098: Vanessa French-Harris

    Sep 28 2015

    I met Vanessa French-Harris when I spoke in Raleigh this month for the Hopscotch Design Festival. We spoke a bit before and after my talk, and I knew she would be fantastic to have on the show. Currently, she's the graphic design manager at Meredith College, and she has decades of experience in this industry. We talked about her time at Parsons in NYC and her work in the NYC design scene, her illustration work, and her priceless advice for designers in the field right now. I'm so glad I had the ...more

  • 097: Jeunanne Alkins

    Sep 21 2015

    This week, we're heading down to Trinidad and talking with Jeunanne Alkins, the creative powerhouse behind Everything Slight Pepper and ESPjr, a design studio specializing in Caribbean-themed content for children. From apparel to graphic design to animation, Jeunanne really does it all. We talked about how Jeunanne got started in the field of design, the creative community in Trinidad, the notion of a Caribbean design aesthetic, and a lot more. I have a feeling you'll be seeing and hearing more ...more

  • 096: Temi Adeniyi

    Sep 14 2015

    I'm so glad I had the chance to talk with Temi Adeniyi, a London-born product designer currently in Berlin. (It's my first German interview!) Temi is the lead designer at Blinkist, a service that distills over 1000+  non-fiction books down to easily digestible synopses. We talked about both the London and Berlin creative scenes, diversity in design in Germany, Temi's penchant for self-initiated projects, and she shared some great advice for people who want to get into design. Learn more about Te...more

  • 095: Alicia Carr

    Sep 07 2015

    I'm starting September off with the inspiring Alicia Carr. Alicia is an iOS mobile engineer and the founder and CEO of The Purple Pocketbook, the first domestic violence mobile app in the state of Georgia. Alicia began coding at 51, and her work was even highlighted during this year's WWDC live feed. Impressive! We spoke about her app, her work with Women Who Code, the WWDC experience, and her future goals and plans. Alicia has such an upbeat and positive spirit, and I think you'll really fall i...more

  • 094: Denise Nicole Francis

    Aug 31 2015

    To cap off the month, I'm talking with full-stack designer Denise Nicole Francis. Her journey into the world of the Web by way of architecture and fashion design might sound a little odd, but she's picked up some serious skills along the way, including studying under design great Massimo Vignelli! We talked about the work she's doing at General Assembly, discussed some of her design inspirations, and she shared how she ended up as creative director for a Grammy Award-winning artist! Denise's pos...more

  • 093: Pamela Assogba

    Aug 24 2015

    If there's one word that I would use to describe Pamela Assogba, it would be ambitious. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Pamela's love for knowledge brought her here to Washington, DC, and she studied architecture and fashion design before settling into web development. Now, she's a full-stack engineer for Vox Media and an instructor for General Assembly teaching courses on front-end web development. We talked about the lessons she's learned since becoming a web developer, what keeps her motivate...more

  • 092: Tiffany Middleton

    Aug 17 2015

    This interview with designer/photographer Tiffany Middleton was really fun. Tiffany is a pro when it comes to sports design, having done design work for the Auburn University Tigers as well as the Green Bay Packers. Currently, she's a designer for Panini America, a premier distributor for sports trading cards. We talked about where her love for sports design came from, the design program at her alma mater, as well as her dream design project. Tiffany Middleton is definitely a star on the rise! ...more

  • 091: Ire Aderinokun

    Aug 10 2015

    I had a blast chatting with Ire Aderinokun, a UI designer and front-end developer in Lagos, Nigeria. You may have seen Ire mentioned on CSS-Tricks for her writings over at Bits of Code, a blog she created for self-taught web developers. We talked about what Ire's learned since launching Bits of Code, how she got into web development after getting degrees in psychology and law, the booming tech and startup scene in Lagos, polyphasic sleep, and her advice for budding developers. Keep an eye out fo...more

  • 090: Tiffany Mikell

    Aug 03 2015

    "You can create your own path. Trust yourself." When Tiffany Mikell told me this before we recorded, I knew we would be in for a great conversation. Tiffany is doing a ton of work these days as CEO of Black Star Media and technology director of Trans*H4CK, a hackathon and speaker series for the trans and gender non-conforming community. Tiffany and I first met in person at SXSW, so that's where we started things off. From there, we spoke about the successes and future plans of both Bla...more

  • 089: Theresa Stewart

    Jul 27 2015

    Theresa Stewart is an interaction designer for gravitytank, an innovation consultancy in Chicago, Illinois. Her enthusiasm for interaction design is deeply rooted in her love of problem solving and she has helped companies craft meaningful solutions in a range of industries including consumer electronics, retail, and healthcare. We started by talking about her work at gravitytank, and then moved into discussing the concept of play in design, the type of health data wearables should track, and he...more

  • 088: Kaya Thomas

    Jul 20 2015

    Kaya Thomas' star is on the rise! Maybe you've heard of her because of her popular iPhone app We Read Too. Or maybe you know her as one The Root's 2015 Young Futurists. Or maybe you've seen her on stage at Black Girls Rock being honored by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama! It's all in a day's work for this Dartmouth computer science sophomore. We talked about her work and the importance of visibility for Black developers (specifically Black women), combating unsupportive company cu...more

  • 087: Harlo Holmes

    Jul 13 2015

    Harlo Holmes is someone I've wanted to have on the show for a long time. I first heard about her work when she was a research fellow with The Guardian Project, and now she's a digital security trainer with the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Throughout her career, Harlo has been solving all the puzzles that new media presents in a number of different ways as a software developer, media scholar, and activist. We started off talking about her past and current work, which then segued into a great ...more

  • 086: Tamika D. Williams

    Jul 06 2015

    School might be out for the summer, but learning never stops when Tamika D. Williams is around. She's a photographer and a working designer, and is an associate design professor at Alabama A&M University who is responsible for coordinating the graphic design program for the school's visual art department. A large chunk of our conversation is about design education at HBCUs, but we also touched on diversity in design academia and talked about what students need to do to succeed as professiona...more

  • 085: Silas Munro

    Jun 29 2015

    I'm ending off June with an absolutely amazing interview with design educator Silas Munro. Over the years, Silas has collaborated with some huge names in the art world, such as MoMA, the Walker art Center, and GOOD. (He even taught one of our previous guests on the show -- Ariana Farquharson!) We spoke a lot about design education and pedagogy, touched on diversity in the field of design vis-à-vis competitions like ADC Young Guns, and explored the notion of an African-American/Black design aesth...more

  • 084: Seun Erinle

    Jun 22 2015

    Seun Erinle definitely has her hands full. She's 1/2 of the Chattanooga-based design company Grid Principles, she teaches students ages 12-18 about website development through her program A.I.R. Labs, and she's the creator of BlerdNation, a growing social network for the Black nerd community. We talked about how she managed to juggle it all, what she's learned since becoming an entrepreneur, and the bustling tech scene across Africa (particularly Nigeria). Seun's upbeat attitude and persistent n...more

  • 083: Alpha Bah

    Jun 15 2015

    I first heard about Alpha Bah from an introduction by Michael Rain. Alpha is the creator of ZNews Africa, an Android app that provides the latest news content from across Africa. We spoke about how he got the inspiration to create ZNews Africa, what he's learned from his time at Columbia University, and the importance of creating platforms for Africans to tell their stories. If you want to learn more about what's going on in Africa, check out what Alpha is up to! Thanks for the intro, Michael! ...more

  • 082: Tracey Coleman

    Jun 08 2015

    "Anything is possible. It's never too late to change your story because my story keeps changing." When Tracey Coleman told me that before we started recording, I had an idea this would be an amazing conversation. We talked about her unconventional path into design from the world of biology, how it's like working in the agency world, the advice that has really stuck with her the longest, and her latest globetrotting adventure. Tracey really has a lot of inspiring things to say, and you ...more

  • 081: Damian Madray

    Jun 01 2015

    June kicks off with a great interview with Damian Madray. Damian Madray is senior product designer at Neo Interactive, and the founder of Hunie — a community for designers, founders, and developers for design feedback — and TheGlint, a series of salons that facilitate meaningful conversations. Our conversation mainly centered around his two creations, but Damian also talked a lot about passion and drive and how those two things motivate his work. One of Damian's big goals is learning how to desi...more

  • 080: Frederick Townes

    May 25 2015

    Even if you haven't heard of Frederick Townes, there's a pretty good chance you've seen his work. Frederick is the founder of W3 Markup, W3 EDGE, the popular WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache, and was the founding CTO for Mashable. Now he's taking the real estate world by storm as the co-founder and CTO of Placester, which just raised $15M in Series B funding! We talked about his rise to success and what he's learned over the years, such as the importance of relationships and how culture in an org...more

  • 079: Roy Milton 2

    May 18 2015

    While I was in Austin a few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit Sanders\Wingo and give my presentation "Where Are The Black Designers?". And that's where I met Roy Milton 2! Roy's an art director for the Austin-based firm and has helped shape the look and feel for campaigns for clients like AT&T and Bee Sweet Lemonade. We spoke about art direction -- what it is and why it's important -- and also talked about pursuing industry awards, the benefits of diversity in advertising ...more

  • 078: Dave McClinton

    May 11 2015

    Dave McClinton is a graphic designer and artist who has been in this industry for well over 20 years. Dave is based out of Austin, Texas, and his experience includes brand development, logo design, web design, and print collateral. We spoke on the changing landscape of Austin, the importance of removing your ego from your work, and his shift from graphic design to art (and back!). Dave has a ton of experience and imparts some really great wisdom. Thanks so much for speaking with me, Dave! The ...more

  • 077: Sterling Smith

    May 04 2015

    I first met Sterling Smith at a Facebook party at SXSW this year. Sterling is the CEO of Keystoke, a platform that allows for the development and deployment of mobile apps to multiple app stores at once. We talked a lot about Keystoke: team building, hiring, funding, and positioning. We also spoke about coding bootcamps, and if they are really sustainable for the tech industry. Sterling is definitely going places, and I bet you'll be hearing and seeing a lot more of him very soon! Keystoke Ke...more

  • 076: Marshall Shorts

    Apr 27 2015

    When you think about design in Columbus, OH, you think of Marshall Shorts. Aside from being an award-winning entrepreneur, artist, teacher, author, and designer, he is also the co-founder of Creative Control Fest, a conference that brings people of color from across the diaspora to expose, educate, and advocate for the opportunities in the creative industries. We talked about how he started his creative consultancy Soulo Theory Creative, how Atlanta influenced the start of Creative Control Fest,...more

  • 075: Octavia Gilmore

    Apr 20 2015

    Seventy-five episodes! I'm so glad to celebrate this milestone occasion with this conversation I had with Octavia Gilmore. Octavia is founder and creative director of Creative Juice, a boutique design agency here in Atlanta, GA. Octavia and I talked about how she built Creative Juice from the ground up, gathered her team, and even gave some great advice on what she's learned since starting her business. We also talked a bit about the importance of professional organizations in this age of social...more

  • 074: Gabriel Mays

    Apr 13 2015

    I'm so glad to share this conversation with Gabriel Mays, founder and CEO of Just Add Content. Gabe previously served as a Captain in the Marine Corps for 8 years before leaving the Corps and becoming an entrepreneur. Quite the feat! We talked about his inspiring road to success, including what tech entrepreneurs need to know to have a competitive advantage in the market. I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more about Gabe and Just Add Content in the future! Just Add Content Gabriel Mays...more

  • 073: Rafe Chisolm

    Apr 06 2015

    It's amazing how many times I've crossed paths with Rafe Chisolm! We went to the same college, worked at the same place...we even live in the same part of town! And of all places, we first met in Austin, Texas at SXSW Interactive. Rafe calls himself a "generalist designer", and his unconventional journey to becoming a designer is really inspiring. We talked about that journey, how he went on several interviews with the intent to fail, and how companies can help to bring in and promote ...more

  • 072: Monet Spells

    Mar 30 2015

    "One thing I want people to know is that there's a space for you in tech." That's just one of many bon mots from my talk with UX designer Monet Spells. I talked with her fresh off her first speaking gig at the Pro/Design Conference in New York City. We discussed her presentation, her studies at Georgia Tech, the importance of networking, wearables, world travel, and even tea! Big thanks to Adekunle Oduye for the introduction! Monet Spells' Website Monet Spells on Twitter Monet Spel...more

  • 071: Anselmo Pelembe

    Mar 23 2015

    Anselmo Pelembe's design style is from a myriad of influences -- his colorful seaside hometown of Maputo in Mozambique, the tropical isle of Saint Helena, and a dash of jolly old England in Stamford. We talked about his creative journey, the challenges of running his business, and his exhibit of pottery during London Design Festival in 2014. Who says design has limitations? Not Anselmo! Lupa Design

  • 070: Kristy Tillman

    Mar 16 2015

    I really had a blast talking with Kristy Tillman, the design director for the Society of Grownups. While she's probably most well-known for The Detroit Water Project, Kristy has also been a designer at big agencies and companies like IDEO, Reebok, and PUMA. We started off talking about the rigors of the hiring process when it comes to designers, civic design and what that means to her, and then went straight into dissecting diversity in the design industry (particularly as it relates to the work...more

  • 069: Ebun Olaloye

    Mar 09 2015

    "Live breathe futbol" might sounds like a simple soccer fan's phrase, but graphic designer and creative director Ebun Olaloye has managed to turn this into a lucrative brand. We talked about how he created the popular apparel brand, what his plans for the future are with Live Breathe Futbol, and delved into why creativity is a constant journey. Ebun is a great example of someone who not only inspires others, but shows that you can do what you want to do if you set your mind to it. Eb...more

  • 068: Two Years!

    Mar 02 2015

    It's Revision Path's second anniversary! Thanks to your support, I've been able to interview over 100 Black designers and developers from all around the world over these past two years. This week's episode is just me talking to you. I answer a few questions that people have sent in, and I talk about the results from our audience survey last year. What's in store for Revision Path in the future? Who knows? All I know is that I need the support of the community to make it happen. Let's do it!

  • 067: Ashley Nelson-Hornstein

    Feb 23 2015

    I had the great pleasure to talk with Ashley Nelson-Hornstein, a Syracuse University graduate and an iOS developer for Dropbox. She may be fairly new to the company, but she has cut her teeth as an iOS dev at probably the best place anyone can learn it -- Apple. We talked about her journey from Apple to Circa to Dropbox, spoke a bit about her accessibility work she's doing (and why it's so important), and talked about her conference talks, such as her talk at Yandex in October 2014. Ashley defin...more

  • 066: Xavier Ruffin

    Feb 16 2015

    I first heard about Xavier Ruffin back in late 2013 during his fundraising campaign for Mad Black Men, a satirical web series inspired by Mad Men about the 1960's ad industry from the eyes of three Black ad workers. We also featured Xavier on our "12 Designers to Follow on Behance" post last year. So imagine my surprise when Xavier contacted me and wanted to be on the show. How could I say no? Xavier's work is so much more than this one campaign though. We talked about his company, his...more

  • 065: Joe Blau

    Feb 09 2015

    Joe Blau and his dedication to learning and staying at the top of his game is both inspiring and infectious. His work ranges from mobile apps to front end development to backend systems and security work. Oh, and there's more! We talked about the hot topic issue of diversity in Silicon Valley, why Silicon Valley is such an interesting place right now, and he gave some really awesome advice for software developers. Grab a pen and pad, because you'll definitely want to take notes for this episode!...more

  • 064: Gitamba Saila-Ngita

    Feb 02 2015

    I'm starting Black History Month with a really great conversation with Gitamba Saila-Ngita. Gitamba is a multidisciplinary designer and strategist living in New York, and he has collaborated and produced work for brands and agencies such as Carrot, Apple, and Nurun. Gitamba is what I'd call a "global designer" (word to Ced Funches) -- multilingual, grew up around the world, and travels frequently. All of these experiences influence his approach to projects and his design sensibilities....more

  • 063: Arielle Wilkins

    Jan 26 2015

    I had such a delightful conversation with this week's guest -- Brooklyn-based graphic designer and artist Arielle Wilkins. We spoke about growing up in a creative family, her time at SVA, and the difference in working with a big agency versus a smaller agency. Arielle also talked about her latest project Brothas and Sistas, and how she gained the confidence to keep at it and turn it into something successful! Watch out for Arielle -- I have a feeling you'll be seeing her work in stores soon! A...more

  • 062: Brittany Holloway-Brown

    Jan 19 2015

    January continues with an interview with Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator Brittany Holloway-Brown. Brittany's vibrant watercolor works have been seen across the web on sites like StyleBlazer, BuzzFeed, and many more. We talked about how the Internet has helped her gain a larger platform, the motivations behind her pieces, and her "Dark Girls" series that explores the representation of dark-skinned women in the beauty industry. Brittany Holloway-Brown's Website Brittan...more

  • 061: Kishau Rogers

    Jan 12 2015

    I was really excited to talk with Kishau Rogers, founder and CEO of Websmith Group. She has nearly twenty years of experience in the computer science and IT industry, specializing in web and enterprise data system development. Her company just turned 10 years old, which is quite an accomplishment! We talked mostly about her company -- how she started it, built her team, and what's in store in the future. Kishau also shared some killer advice for future developers and entrepreneurs. Definitely a ...more

  • 060: Marcus Williamson

    Jan 05 2015

    Happy new year! Start off 2015 on a positive note by listening to this conversation with graphic designer and letterist Marcus Williamson. Marcus is creating some really amazing work as a freelance designer, as well as through his role as graphic designer for Midtown Fellowship , a family of churches in Columbia, South Carolina. We talked about how he got started with design and lettering, how his faith impacts his work, and some of his design inspirations. Marcus Williamson on Behance

  • 059: Ariana Farquharson

    Dec 29 2014

    Can you believe we're at the last interview of the year? I'm ending 2014 with a conversation with Ariana Farquharson. Ariana splits her time between freelance design and her new company curativ, a digital media startup that feeds news stories regarding diversity and innovation in creative culture. We talked about her design background, as well as what made her take the plunge into entrepreneurship. Big thanks to Britt Davis for recommending Ariana! Ariana Farquharson's Website curativ

  • 058: Leon Lawrence III

    Dec 22 2014

    If you've read USA Weekend magazine in your Sunday paper, there's a pretty good chance you've seen Leon Lawrence III's amazing work. As USA Weekend's design director, he's worked with photographers, copywriters, and other fellow creatives to design the magazine from top to bottom for almost 15 years. We talked about Leon's everyday work with the magazine, along with his beginnings as art director of Emerge magazine, his stint as former vice-president of the Organization of Black Designers, and h...more

  • 057: James T. Green

    Dec 15 2014

    James and I first crossed paths back in August at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, and I was so glad to talk at length with him! A self-proclaimed "designer by trade and artist by practice", James has managed to skillfully balance his digital design work with his artistic practice to create really meaningful work. Along with this, we discussed his work with a few Chicago-area artistic collectives as well as his current t-shirt campaign that helps raise money for organizations supporting ...more

  • 056: Britt Davis

    Dec 08 2014

    If there's a phrase that I would use to describe graphic designer Britt Davis, it would be "hometown hero". You can tell that Britt is all about giving back to the community that helped push her to success. On top of her work at UNC Charlotte, Britt also has her own creative agency and is pursuing her MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design. Whew! We talked about her college years at North Carolina State University as well as her philosophy of community service through design. Thanks...more

  • 055: Allan Cole

    Dec 01 2014

    Allan Cole is a true polymath. Whether it's graphic design, web development, or music, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and produces mind-blowing results. You may know him as one of the co-authors of Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes, but he's also done websites and designs for big names like Nike, Okayplayer, Kanye West, Jay Electronica, and Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Arts Society! (And speaking of music, he's one half of the music duo The Stuyvesants. Highly, highly recommended...more

  • 054: De Angela Duff

    Nov 24 2014

    What a great month of interviews! I'm ending November with the amazing De Angela Duff. I heard about De Angela through Rashida White, and her bio truly speaks for itself. She's designed websites for some of the biggest music artists in the 90s, like Alicia Keys, David Bowie, and Britney Spears. De Angela currently serves as the Co-Director of Integrated Digital Media at NYU, working on next-level technologies like augmented reality and brainwaves. Did I mention she's a diehard Prince fan too? Af...more

  • 053: Ron Bronson

    Nov 17 2014

    I'm so excited to bring you this conversation with web strategist Ron Bronson! Ron oversees web strategy for the largest postsecondary institution in Kentucky serving over 90,000 students at sixteen colleges statewide. Ron's also a prolific public speaker, runs his own conference series (Aggregate Web Conference), and has even created his own sport! We talked about a little bit of everything: design and content strategy at higher ed institutions, web governance, diversity in speaker panels, netw...more

  • 052: D'Artagnan Winford

    Nov 10 2014

    What comes to mind when you think about HBCUs? Chances are, design isn't at the top of the list. D'Artagnan Winford is out to change that. As the current art director at Jackson State University, he brings over a decade of experience to the table designing collateral for universities and colleges. D'Artagnan talked about his current path to Jackson State, the need for stronger design programs in HBCUs, diversity in the design community, and more! Thanks for reaching out D'Artagnan! D'Artagnan W...more

  • 051: Rashida White

    Nov 03 2014

    "Despite your background, if you are a solution-oriented type of person, you will succeed." When Rashida White shared that with me before we started recording, I knew it was going to be a great interview. Rashida talked about her residency at General Assembly, her love for user experience (and why it's important), and even talked about DJing and music. Even better -- we talked about vegan ice cream! Rashida's enthusiasm about her work is inspiring, so I hope you get a lot out of this i...more

  • 050: Angelica Ross

    Oct 27 2014

    This is our 50th podcast interview! And I couldn't be more excited to share with you this conversation with Angelica Ross. Angelica is the CEO and executive director of TransTech Social Enterprises, a training academy and apprenticeship program that aims to empower, educate and employ the trans community through the use of technology while promoting innovation, independence and entrepreneurship. She is someone who has made her career out of helping others navigate the challenges that come along ...more

  • 049: Rokashi

    Oct 20 2014

    This week, my conversation is with indie game maker Rokashi from Toronto. We talked about the current game industry and the need for diversity throughout (journalists, makers, characters, etc.) as well as the process behind his own game titled "I'm Fine". I think you'll really empathize with Rokashi's work and his willingness to get involved in gaming vis-à-vis his own personal experiences. Who says you need to be a master programmer to create your own games? Not Rokashi! Find out more...more

  • 048: Courtney Eimerman-Wallace

    Oct 13 2014

    LGBT History Month continues with Courtney Eimerman-Wallace, a UI/UX engineer in Washington, D.C. What's most interesting about Courtney is her non-traditional path into technology. But it's clearly worked to her advantage! Aside from her work with BlueLabs, Courtney has also worked as a creative technologist for iStrategyLabs and is currently the City Director for Washington, D.C. for Lesbians Who Tech. Courtney's positive outlook and outlook on life can be attributed to her two B's: be there a...more

  • 047: David Dennis

    Oct 06 2014

    October kicks off with David Dennis -- a software engineer in New York City. David has worked for Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, and even in the startup field with AppNexus and Happify. We spoke about his path to success, as well as what companies can do to help increase diversity in the technology field. He also shared his insights from attending an Innovation Summit at the White House back in June. We even got to geek out a little bit over Bitcoin! David Dennis on Twitter David Dennis on LinkedI...more

  • 046: Martin McNeese

    Sep 29 2014

    We're ending September with a great conversation with Martin McNeese. With over 15 years experience as a design and technology professional, Martin has in depth working knowledge of corporate branding, graphic design, integrated promotions, website and internet development, strategy and consulting and business management. Simply put, Martin's the man. We talked about how he founded his design firm TechnikOne, how networking has been important for his business, and about how his passion for desig...more

  • 045: Ced Funches

    Sep 22 2014

    This has been a really great month for interviews, and we've got another killer one for you this week with creative director, global designer, and digital strategist Ced Funches. Ced's resume reads like a designer's wishlist. He's worked in the NBA, the video game industry, higher education, wrote a children's book, and heads up his own digital agency Flippo+Interactive. Our interview touches on all of this, as well as Ced's thoughts on the design industry and what we can all do to make it bette...more

  • 044: Antionette Carroll

    Sep 15 2014

    Antionette Carroll is one of the leading people championing for diversity in the design community. As the chair of AIGA's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, she's spearheading initiatives with the organization to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the field through outreach, mentorship, and more. Our conversation explores why diversity is so important when it comes to design, why inclusion is a crucial part of solving this problem, as well as a bit about her own background and care...more

  • 043: Kimberly Bryant

    Sep 08 2014

    Kimberly Bryant is a force of nature. As the founder and executive director of Black Girls Code, she has been a tireless advocate for increasing the number of women in STEM fields through mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities for young and pre-teen girls of color. The mission: introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. But I wanted to go a bit beneath the surface and learn more ab...more

  • 042: Dr. Christopher Charles Stewart

    Sep 01 2014

    This week's conversation is with one of my closest and dearest friends, Dr. Christopher Charles Stewart. Christopher is an assistant professor of computer science at The Ohio State University. He also leads the ReRout Lab, a program that uses computer systems to broaden participation in computer science and build real systems that people use. He's also a recipient of the prestigious NSF Career Award! Way to go, Chris! We talked about his research over at OSU with cloud computing systems, "g...more

  • 041: Kevin Johnson

    Aug 25 2014

    Serial entrepreneur Kevin Johnson has several years of experience leading his multimillion-dollar marketing and communications company Johnson Media Inc., and has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, Oprah Radio, and in Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. On top of all this, Kevin is an accomplished jazz pianist and speaks fluent Spanish. Quite the resume! Kevin and I talked about when we first met back in 1999, how he built Johnson Media, and abou...more

  • 040: Husani Oakley

    Aug 18 2014

    You're in for a really great conversation this week. I talked with the venerable Husani Oakley -- creative technologist, technical director...the titles go on and on. He's worked with some of the biggest agencies in the world like Wieden + Kennedy, Euro RSCG, and EVB, and he's also had his own firm called Oakley + Partners. We talked about Husani's start with entrepreneurship, his spark for coding and creating, and what's coming up for him in the future. Husani is a kick-ass force in this indust...more

  • 039: Jacinda Walker

    Aug 11 2014

    I'm extremely excited to share this week's interview with you! I had the chance to talk with Jacinda Walker, a design strategist in Columbus, OH. Jacinda is a tireless champion for diversity in all fields of the arts, especially design. We spoke about her graduate research on Black and Latino students, her unique take on diversity in the design community, and about our upcoming panel at WMC Fest 5! Jacinda's dedication to lifelong learning is truly inspiring. Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and...more

  • 038: Reggie Weaver

    Aug 04 2014

    We're kicking off this month with an interview with Reggie Weaver, a young Ohio-based graphic designer and illustrator. Reggie and I talked about how he got his spark for design and illustration, not to mention what he learned from his first design gig. We also spoke about his work with the Diversity Task Force at the Columbus College of Art and Design and how he helps promote creativity, inclusion and diversity within the LGBTQIA community. Reggie Weaver on Behance Living Out, A Webcomic Ser...more

  • 037: Jon Daniel

    Jul 28 2014

    I'm ending out July with a truly great interview with Jon Daniel, an independent creative director in London. Jon is a classically trained designer who has over 25 years of design experience with big brands like IBM, NHS Careers, Philips, and Virgin Direct. He's also a regular columnist for Design Week, a leading UK publication for designers. Jon and I talked about how his African-Caribbean heritage influences his work, how design culture in the UK differs from here in the US, and his exhibit Af...more

  • 036: Albert Whitley

    Jul 21 2014

    Albert Whitley is a senior art director at SapientNitro and the current vice-president of AIGA Atlanta. During our conversation, Albert dropped a lot of pearls of wisdom about the design industry. No doubt that comes from his many years of work under some of the greats like Bill Grant of Grant Design Collaborative and Cynthia Jones of Jones Worley. We even touched on AIGA and diversity in the graphic design industry. Hear what Albert has to say in this week's interview! Albert Whitley on Twitt...more

  • 035: Jeffrey Manu

    Jul 14 2014

    This week I talked with Jeffrey Manu, a tech entrepreneur in Accra, Ghana. Jeffrey created one of Africa's first iPhone apps, and is dean of the Goshen Institute and founder of the design firm Lightcreative. Whoa! On top of that, he also taught me how to read a 300-page book in just two hours. Impressive! Learn more about Jeffrey in this week's interview! Jeffrey Manu on Twitter Jeffrey Manu on Instagram Jeffrey Manu on Tumblr Fresh Words Inspired

  • 034: Abou Kone

    Jul 07 2014

    Abou Kone hails from Côte d’Ivoire, and is a self-described "mercenary-in-chief". (No, not the real kind!) Abou is a beast when it comes to coding. Front-end development with JS/jQuery is his specialty, and he's recently gotten into developing mobile apps. We talked about how Abou first got his spark for the web as a teenager in Dakar, his work with Coders4Africa, and why Africa will not miss the digital revolution. Enjoy! Abou Kone's Website Abou Kone on Twitter Tonsorious Elikya...more

  • 033: Glennette Clark

    Jun 30 2014

    We're finishing up HBCU Month by talking with the inspiring and unstoppable Glennette Clark. She's an experienced UX designer, and has founded two events: UXCamp DC and Mobile UXCamp DC. The Grio named her one of the top 10 Blacks in technology to look out for in 2013. She's presented at SXSW and is currently pursuing her MBA in Strategic Design. Learn more about what Glennette's next move is in this week's interview! Glennette Clark on Twitter Glennette Clark on About.me

  • 032: Eric Johnson

    Jun 23 2014

    HBCU Month continues with an interview with senior UX designer Eric Johnson, who I first heard about from Jole Simmons. Eric's worked for some big companies like Walmart, AOL, and Adobe, and he shared how his passion for design started at an early age. He dropped quite a few gems in this interview, so I think this is one you'll definitely want to take notes on while listening! Eric Johnson's Website Eric Johnson on Twitter Eric Johnson on Instagram

  • 031: Nicole Norwood

    Jun 16 2014

    I've known Nicole Norwood online for a while now, so when I had the idea to do an HBCU month, she was first on my list. Nicole is one half of the brother/sister duo known as Infinite Ink, a design and print shop in Jackson, MS, and she's also a popular event photographer. (Chances are you've seen her work from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival!) On top of that, Nicole is a podcaster as well! I don't know how she finds the time to do it all. Learn more about Nicole and her latest proje...more

  • 030: Jole Simmons

    Jun 09 2014

    I had such a great time talking with Jole Simmons, a killer presentation designer who has done work for Facebook, Duarte Designs, The Creative Group, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Microsoft. And wouldn't you know it -- Jole and I had this conversation while he was on vacation! Talk about dedication! Jole talked about his unconventional journey from a Hampton University grad working in advertising to a mid-career change that where he's now best known as the "presentation...more

  • 029: Tory Hargro

    Jun 02 2014

    It's HBCU Month, and we're kicking things off with a great interview with USA Today's visual design manager Tory Hargro. Tory and I talked about user experience and the importance of design in modern news and storytelling. According to Tory, "it's easier for me to teach a coder how to be a journalist than teach a journalist how to be a coder." So if you have some design or coding knowledge, then you might look at working with the news in a different way! Also, learn how the simple turn...more

  • 028: Akilah Thompkins-Robinson

    May 26 2014

    Akilah Thompkins-Robinson is a web designer and e-commerce coach, and is the owner of AKZMe Designs and Online Boutique Source. Akilah shared why she loves working on e-commerce websites, how Pat Flynn helped her think about niche marketing, which platform crafters should use for online sales, and how her sorority helped her get an eye for design (and for business)! Show Notes AKZMe Designs (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) Online Boutique Source

  • 027: Siedah Mitchum

    May 19 2014

    This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Siedah Mitchum, a WordPress web designer, entrepreneur, and the creator of Inspiring Black Designers. We chatted about some of her mentors, talked about what inspires her work, and how Marie Forleo's B-School helped transform her business. Her mission to inspire other designers to have a bigger voice is something we both share, and Siedah makes a big announcement, so you'll definitely have to listen and find out what it is! Show Notes Siedah Mitchu...more

  • 026: Lebogang Ditshwene

    May 12 2014

    Lebogang Ditshwene is the owner of Lephutshe Designs, a graphic design studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. We talked about the realities of running a design studio in South Africa, her work with the Young Entrepreneurs Programme, and what she's learned doing design and entrepreneurship work here in the United States and in the Netherlands. Lebogang also gives some great advice for up and coming designers and talks about how the business community in Johannesburg helps her grow her business! Sh...more

  • 025: David Yarde

    May 05 2014

    This week's interview is with David Yarde, a web designer and developer, and co-founder of the creative strategy and branding firm Sevenality. We talked a little bit about branding, discussed which brands are getting it right (and which aren't!) and talked about how to succeed being an introverted person of color, and how that can be misconstrued. David is a prime example of someone who has used design to change his life, and I think you'll really be inspired by his story and his advice for youn...more

  • 024: Kevin Karanja

    Apr 28 2014

    Kevin Karanja has an unbridled passion and enthusiasm for design that is infectious! We first heard about Kevin last year on eNCA when they did a profile about his font Charvet. Since then Kevin, hasn't rested on his laurels. The young self-taught motion graphics designer's work has even made the front page of Behance. I really think you'll be inspired by Kevin's work and his unique approach to his work. Show Notes Kevin Karanja's Website Kevin Karanja on Facebook Kevin Karanja on Tumblr Ke...more

  • 023: Chris Barker

    Apr 21 2014

    You may remember Chris Barker from last week's interview with Brandy Spain. Chris' design work has graced the cover of magazines -- literally! We talked about how he came into design through print work, his plans for creating a platform for Black gay men (print and online) and the importance of representation in the design industry. Show Notes 84ink

  • 022: Brandy Spain

    Apr 14 2014

    Creative professional Brandy Spain came to us at the referral of next week's interview subject, Chris Barker. Brandy's crisp and clean design style, along with her strong work ethic, even helped pave the way for a new entrepreneurial venture -- presentation design! We even geek out a bit talking about music. Learn more about Brandy in this week's interview! Show Notes Brandy Spain on Facebook Brandy Spain on Behance

  • 021: Adekunle Oduye

    Apr 07 2014

    Adekunle Oduye is a young designer in New York City. As the youngest of seven kids, Adekunle wanted to become a painter, and he talks about how he came into design and development, his time studying in Rome, and projects he's created though hackathons. He even gives nods to some of the big names in the industry, and I share a little advice about giving design and tech talks. I hope you'll enjoy this interview! Show Notes Adekunle Oduye on Twitter Adekunle Oduye's Website Convene Oh My Math ...more

  • 020: Jacques Dupoux

    Mar 31 2014

    When it comes to design, Jacques Dupoux is big on communicating without pretense. It was really great to talk with him and get his honest, unvarnished take on how he got started in this industry and where he plans to go. We also talked about diversity in the design field and on what it means to have the space to fail. Show Notes Jacques Dupoux on Twitter DUPO

  • 019: Michele Washington

    Mar 24 2014

    This week's interview is with Michele Washington, a creative director, brand strategist, educator, connector...the adjectives go on and on. Three of the people we've interviewed before (Andrew Bass, Maurice Woods, Steve Jones) have mentioned her and I was so glad to get a chance to talk about her work and decades of experience in the design industry. Show Notes Michele Washington on Twitter Michele Washington on LinkedIn Michele Washington on Facebook Cultural Boundaries Michele Washington...more

  • 018: Catt Small

    Mar 17 2014

    Catt Small is her name and there's no shame in her game. I talked with the Bronx-born UX designer/developer about how she got started, the need for greater representation in the tech field, her work with Brooklyn Gamery and The Code Liberation Foundation, and even geeked out over gaming for a bit and talked about fighters and racial and gender representation in gaming. Show Notes Catt Small on Twitter The Catt Suite Brooklyn Gamery The Code Liberation Foundation Tech Under Thirty

  • 017: Alaxic Smith

    Mar 10 2014

    Who wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg when you could be the next Alaxic Smith? This 18-year-old wunderkind started coding at the age of 12 and has already founded two social networks and is busy building his third -- Communly -- where he's working with some of the biggest names in music. Alaxic is a rising star that you'll definitely want to watch for in the future. Learn more about his tireless drive and work ethic (as well as some of my tips for SXSW!) in this week's interview. Show Notes ...more

  • 016: Alesha Randolph

    Mar 03 2014

    Alesha Randolph kicks off this month's interviews! This creative professional calls Washington DC home, and we talked about her path to becoming a designer, representation, and giving back to the design community. Alesha has well over a decade of experience in the design industry and now that she's out on her own, you'll definitely hear more from her and about her work! Show Notes Alesha Randolph's Website Alesha Randolph on Behance Alesha Randolph on Twitter Alesha Randolph on Etsy

  • 015: Emory Douglas

    Jan 20 2014

    For the month of January, we have a 3-part “Design Journeys” series — podcast interviews with designers that have been featured on AIGA.org. Rounding out our series here on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an interview with Emory Douglas, the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1960-1981. I think you’ll really enjoy this talk with an American design legend. Show Notes Emory Douglas on Facebook Emory Douglas Art on Tumblr The Black Panther Newspaper Black Panther: The R...more

  • 014: Maurice Woods

    Jan 13 2014

    For the month of January, we have a 3-part “Design Journeys” series — podcast interviews with designers that have been featured on AIGA.org. This week, we talked with Maurice Woods, former professional basketball player, graphic designer, and executive director of the Inneract Project. His advice for what Black designers can do to help give back to the community rings through very clearly. Show Notes Maurice Woods on Twitter Inneract Project (Facebook, Twitter) "Envisioning Blackness in Amer...more

  • 013: Steve Jones

    Jan 06 2014

    This month kicks off our 3-part “Design Journeys” series — podcast interviews with designers that have been featured on AIGA.org. First up is Steve Jones, graphic designer and design professor at San Francisco State University. We touched on diversity in the design field, education, typography, and the notion of a Black design aesthetic. Show Notes Plantain Studio (Facebook) Steve Jones' Faculty Profile at San Francisco State University Emerge  YSB 

  • 012: Michael Roach

    Dec 16 2013

    Michael Roach is very future-forward when it comes to his work. As we talked, I kept thinking “hey, so-and-so is doing that now…except Michael was doing it years ago”! Aside from being a graphic designer and web designer, Michael is also a jazz pianist, and we talked a bit on how music influences his design work and on the vibrant design scene in upstate New York. Show Notes Michael Roach on LinkedIn Michael Roach on Twitter Michael Roach's Portfolio Michael Roach's AIGA Profile The Black ...more

  • 011: Stephen Topsy

    Nov 02 2013

    I first ran across Stephen Topsy online years ago when he was doing iOS design work. Now he’s a programmer, but still dabbles in design as well. We spoke about how Aaliyah helped him get his spark for design, how motivation came from one of his high school teachers, and touched on LA’s diverse tech and design scene. Show Notes Stephen Topsy on Twitter Stephen Topsy on Facebook HyperStudio HyperCard

  • 010: Khalil Bey

    Oct 28 2013

    Khalil Bey and I met almost ten years ago, and I’ve followed him from his early days at Stanford up to his current post at Google. We talked about his work with the big G, how he first got involved in programming, how his father was a big influence on his current work, and about diversity in Silicon Valley. Show Notes Khalil Bey on Facebook Khalil Bey on Google+ Khalil Bey on Twitter Google Products & Advertising Platforms Articulate

  • 009: Buck!

    Oct 21 2013

    When I interview someone, I usually ask them if there's anyone else they know who we should reach out to and feature. Buck! came highly referred by Leon Scott, so I knew I had to contact him. If there's one thing I can say about Buck!, it's that the main has two things: passion and patience. The passion is about his work, and he's done design for Heineken, Scion, Timberland, Adidas, and more. The patience is probably from dealing with me since we had to re-record this interview several times bec...more

  • 008: Crystal Flemister

    Oct 14 2013

    I first met Crystal Flemister years ago when we were both designers at AT&T. Since then, she's moved on to CNN and has been making a name for herself in the local fashion scene with her company Pistol Whipped Cream. We talk about her time at the Art Institute of Atlanta, her inspirations, and...Kanye West? Yep, a little bit of everything. Check it out! Show Notes The Crystallization Crystal Flemister on Twitter Crystal Flemister on Instagram The Pistol Whipped Cream

  • 007: Brandon Butler

    Oct 07 2013

    Brandon Butler was one of the first people to reach out to me about Revision Path through Facebook. We set up the interview and I have to tell you -- it was one of the best interviews I've had to date. We talked about his current work with Edelman, and he shared some great advice for up-and-comers in the tech and design industry and told a personal story about motivation that will stick with you well after the interview ends. Show Notes Brandon Butler on Twitter Brandon Butler on Behance Ede...more

  • 006: Mokokoma Mokhonoana

    Sep 23 2013

    I came across Mokokoma Mokhonoana on Behance while looking up African graphic designers. I really liked his logos — simple, yet bold and uncompromising. But when I visited his website and saw his aphorisms, writings, and cartoons? I knew I had to talk to him. Our interview wasn’t just about design – in fact, we didn’t talk much about design at all! I think you’ll like this departure from the regular shop talk on design and development. I hope you enjoy it! Show Notes Mokokoma Mokhonoana on Twi...more

  • 005: Daphne Larose

    Sep 09 2013

    I love Daphne Larose's intro for her website, Black Female Coders. "We're out there. We may not see each other in our computer science courses or in our offices at work or while roaming around technology conferences -- but we know we're out there. Here is where we find each other." Powerful! I had to talk to her about what she's doing with Black Female Coders and get her overall thoughts on blacks in technology. Daphne is definitely making waves in the community and I think you'll be h...more

  • 004: Maurice Wingfield

    Aug 26 2013

    Aside from being a graphic and web designer, Maurice Wingfield is also a talented illustrator! He contacted me through Facebook and we had a really great conversation on design, diversity in the tech and design fields and conferences, technology in Africa...it really runs the gamut of topics from A to Z. I also get a bit long winded in parts, which is why this interview is pretty lengthy. But it's really good. Very dense. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and soak it all in! Show Notes Mauric...more

  • 003: Irv Briscoe

    Jul 29 2013

    Irv Briscoe is a fresh young developer out of Minneapolis. I would say he's a fresh "up and coming" developer, but Irv has already done big work for brands like Target, Subaru, and kidrobot! Through his development studio von91, Irv works with other developers, designers, and creatives alike. It's a really good interview that I hope you'll enjoy! Show Notes Irv Briscoe on Twitter Irv Briscoe's Website von91

  • 002: Nathaniel Deal

    Jul 15 2013

    This week, I talked with Atlanta front-end engineer Nathaniel Deal! Nathaniel creates responsive experiences for kick-ass clients. We talk about a little bit of everything: design conferences, web education, mobile development, and more. Show Notes Nathaniel Deal on Twitter Nathaniel Deal's Website Nathaniel Deal's "Death To the Waterfall"

  • 001: Raquel Rodriguez

    Jun 03 2013

    Revision Path's first podcast interview is with Pittsburgh letterer and designer Raquel Rodriguez. We had a great dialogue about typography, how her design influences her work as a librarian, freelancing, and a lot more. Show Notes Raquel Rodriguez on Twitter RaquelCPS