The point of this blog post is to start a conversation. I want to hear what everyone has to say, also I’m interested in multiple types of opinions no matter what the view is. As a black design student currently and almost finished with university, I wonder about this topic almost everyday. Where can I find inspiration in design from people that I share the same identity with? Most of the examples I’m shown (including mainstream art history etc. etc.) are from majority white artist/designers. When I ask my professors I receive mostly the same answer (so for now I don’t ask as much). It’s always a confused look with the same response, “It’s just how it’s always been, but I do agree that we need more diversity in curriculum…”, so easy to say but to actually do something about it takes a bit more effort. It’s really discouraging as a young black student to aim to be like someone who doesn’t have your same experiences. However even as I say this, I can say I have found some pretty good motivation from some of my professors and they have shown me a few beautiful black artists/designers. I guess my main question is do people question where the black presence is in design. Do you aim to try to find it? Are you aware that your students/colleagues might want to talk about it? I think it’s something worth asking. Also something I want to continue to write about. So think of this as a conversation starter. Just the beginning.