JULY 01 2020


Hosting America Needs You fellows, designing new worlds, and art that actively heals


News: One Design to host America Needs You fellows this summer

This summer, we’re thrilled to host three fellows from America Needs You (ANY) in a five-week remote internship. ANY is a mentorship organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. They do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development through their Fellows Program. Read on.

Credit: Anjali Pinto 

Renaissance thinker, creator, and author adrianne maree brown on designing the future

“You have to cultivate relationships with people who can see more than you and who can see differently than you, so that together your co-imagination becomes something that actually works for everyone,” adrianne maree brown told Deem journal. There’re more lovely thoughts where that came from. Read this whole interview and buy a copy of the issue it's featured in.

Credit: Where are the Black Designers?

Every minute of these recordings are valuable

Miss the inaugural Where are the Black Designers? virtual conference this weekend? Don’t worry—it's now on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Take the time and let's get to work.

Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone, via Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Remembering graphic designer Milton Glaser

A proper, loving obituary for a designer who “changed the vocabulary of American visual culture in the 1960s and ’70s.”

Credit: James Clapham

The kitchen of the future (involves parking lots and no humans)

“This is a strange time to be in the business of redesigning the American city,” Anna Wiener writes for the New Yorker. “Certain forms of urban infrastructure, long seen as inevitable, are under reconsideration...The coronavirus has encouraged people to reimagine the world they want to live in: what it should prioritize, how it should be built, and for whose benefit it should be designed.”

Credit: Cheryle St. Onge

Less “just for fun,” more “just if you want to see and read something breathtaking and excruciating”

Cheryle St. Onge writes of her mother living with dementia, “On the best days, her behavior is amusing. Her laugh is so easy and contagious. She is effervescent and finds joy in the smallest places. My mother hasn’t cried in four years; tears are my release. When she sways to a Dolly Parton song and tilts her head up, I sob for the person she was. Seeing this, she holds and comforts me; I feel an emotional connection.” Sit with this one.