Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators
In Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators, Kelly Walters collects twelve deeply personal interviews with graphic design educators of color who teach at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. BIPOC design educators often find themselves in design spaces where they struggle as the only person of color at their school or workplace. Their impactful stories offer invaluable perspectives for students and emerging designers of color, creating an entry point to address the complexities of race in design and bring to light the challenges of teaching graphic design at different types of public and private institutions.
The book centers the educators’ unique narratives, from their childhood experiences to their navigation of undergraduate and graduate studies and their career paths in academia and practice. The interviewees represent a cross-section of ethnic and multiracial backgrounds—African American, Jamaican, Indian, Pakistani, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, and Brazilian. Interwoven throughout the book are a collection of images that maintain cultural significance, from family heirlooms and photos to design works that highlight aspects of their cultural identities. Readers will gain insight into the multitude of experiences from BIPOC design educators who teach and work in the field today.
Kelly Walters is an artist, designer, researcher, and founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Bright Polka Dot. Her practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a particular focus on race and representation in design. Her ongoing design research interrogates the complexities of identity formation, systems of value, and the shared vernacular in and around Black visual culture. Walters is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design Program at Parsons School of Design in New York.
|Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publication Date||29 April 2021|