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When Design Looks Too Good

Last November I attended the REACH Conference, the first of it's kind, fully dedicated to helping design professionals reflect upon the challenges and opportunities in creative leadership. One of its presenters Moira Cullen presented in what can only be called a master class. Soft is the...

Diversity Without Pity #33 | Boomerang (1992)

Every couple of years, I rewatch Boomerang, Eddie Murphy's 1992 sexy romantic comedy about a womanizing ad executive who eventually gets a taste of his own medicine after meeting Jacqueline, his new boss and love interest (played by Robin Givens). More than 20 years later, I'm drawn...

Network Across Design Industries to Lengthen Talent Pathways

For the past couple of years, I have been involved in AIGA diversity and inclusion initiatives as it responds to a lack of diversity in the design industry. To address this problem, I hear many designers gravitate toward well-established solutions such as volunteer work at elementary...

Event Photographers and the “Pretty People” Problem

I often go out to events by myself, so I expect to strike up conversations with anyone. A few months ago, I met fashion designer Christian Siriano at legendary DC boutique Rizik’s. He’d recently published a book, and we were gabbing about the release date. Just when...

To Be Included to Learn Sound Design

Diversity is not a person or an old, old wooden ship. It's an action. It's ultimately a practice of understanding, respecting, and valuing difference. But what is inclusion? [no_blockquote text="Like diversity, inclusion has become a buzzword to sound progressive. But like diversity, inclusion is something you...