Title

Lack of Diversity and Inclusion in Design - ¿Dónde está mi gente? Where are my people?

Lead Author Major

Graphic Design

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Senior Art & Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Marie Lee

Faculty Mentor Department

Art Media Performance Design

Abstract/Artist Statement

My work explores the relationships between my diverse cultural background and the eclectic use of mediums using traditional techniques and illustration with technology. Albrecht Durer, Frida Kahlo, Paul Renner, Jan Tschichold, and current designers such as Alex Trochut, Michael Bierut, Annie Atkins, Rebeca Mendez, and Chris Ashworth are among the diverse influences on my work. My inspiration is derived from the essence of the Bob Ross “happy little accidents” serendipitous philosophy, detail of Wes Anderson films, the perfect imperfection of wabi-sabi, combined with the Bauhaus philosophy that there is no border between artist and craftsman, form follows function, minimalism, geometric shapes, and the union of art while embracing technology.

That being said, what are some of the reasons for lack of diversity in design, and how do we expose more Hispanics in design? There are roughly 62.1 million Hispanics in the U.S.; however, only 10.3 % of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are graphic designers (7% Hispanic + Hispanic of White Origin), so where are all Hispanics in design? My plan is to explore and understand the disparity and what we can do about it going forward. My focus is on 3 proposed solutions that can be made to improve these statistics. My posterzine communicates with visual symbols, iconography, and illustrations through design to communicate across language barriers. My deliverables included a posterzine, graphic tote, presentation, and social media design. The effectiveness of this project would be measured by surveys, and/or focus groups within the professional design community through AIGA and LatinXs Who Design. By Increasing awareness in the workplace, networking, and highlighting successful hispanics in design we may be able to motivate aspiring youth, existing designers, and break the cycle of imposter syndrome.

Location

Reynolds Art Gallery

Start Date

12-4-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

13-5-2022 5:00 PM

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Lack of Diversity and Inclusion in Design - ¿Dónde está mi gente? Where are my people?

Reynolds Art Gallery

My work explores the relationships between my diverse cultural background and the eclectic use of mediums using traditional techniques and illustration with technology. Albrecht Durer, Frida Kahlo, Paul Renner, Jan Tschichold, and current designers such as Alex Trochut, Michael Bierut, Annie Atkins, Rebeca Mendez, and Chris Ashworth are among the diverse influences on my work. My inspiration is derived from the essence of the Bob Ross “happy little accidents” serendipitous philosophy, detail of Wes Anderson films, the perfect imperfection of wabi-sabi, combined with the Bauhaus philosophy that there is no border between artist and craftsman, form follows function, minimalism, geometric shapes, and the union of art while embracing technology.

That being said, what are some of the reasons for lack of diversity in design, and how do we expose more Hispanics in design? There are roughly 62.1 million Hispanics in the U.S.; however, only 10.3 % of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are graphic designers (7% Hispanic + Hispanic of White Origin), so where are all Hispanics in design? My plan is to explore and understand the disparity and what we can do about it going forward. My focus is on 3 proposed solutions that can be made to improve these statistics. My posterzine communicates with visual symbols, iconography, and illustrations through design to communicate across language barriers. My deliverables included a posterzine, graphic tote, presentation, and social media design. The effectiveness of this project would be measured by surveys, and/or focus groups within the professional design community through AIGA and LatinXs Who Design. By Increasing awareness in the workplace, networking, and highlighting successful hispanics in design we may be able to motivate aspiring youth, existing designers, and break the cycle of imposter syndrome.