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Revision Path

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This is Revision Path — an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Each week, host Maurice Cherry interviews these creators about their work, their goals, what inspires them, and much more. First podcast in the Smithsonian NMAAHC.

This is Revision Path — an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Each week, host Maurice Cherry interviews these creators about their work, their goals, what inspires them, and much more. First podcast in the Smithsonian NMAAHC.

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Description:

This is Revision Path — an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Each week, host Maurice Cherry interviews these creators about their work, their goals, what inspires them, and much more. First podcast in the Smithsonian NMAAHC.

Language:

English


Episodes

Reggie Black

3/1/2021
Reggie Black is a true Renaissance man. He's combined his talents as a multimedia artist, designer, speaker, and mental health advocate into an experimental playground he calls all things progressive. Whether it's a hand-lettered design project for a client or a public art installation, Reggie is navigating through this time and letting his passions light the way. Reggie and I really had more of a general conversation than an interview, and we touched on a number of issues: staying...

Duration:01:15:47

Markus Robinson

2/22/2021
We're ending February on Revision Path with a little bit of Black web history! Markus Robinson is currently the VP of innovation and creative at Interactive One, but before that, he co-founded one of the Internet's most popular news sources on Black tech -- Black Web 2.0. Who would have thought that it would get him to where he is today? Markus started off talking about the web properties he oversees -- Bossip and BlackPlanet, just to name a couple -- and talked about how his work with...

Duration:00:59:03

Lafiya Watson Ramirez

2/15/2021
It's still pretty early in 2021, so if the year hasn't quite gotten off to a good start, then let this week's conversation with Lafiya Watson Ramirez be the permission you need to turn things around! Lafiya dabbles in several media -- web, photography, augmented reality, mixed reality -- and creates new projects for herself and for her clients through her company, Bad Chick Studios. We talked about how she started her studio, and from there she shared the resources and programs she used to...

Duration:00:51:07

Danny Shaw

2/8/2021
We're keeping the design educator streak going this week with an interview with Danny Shaw. Along with teaching at NYC College of Technology, Danny is also the director of digital design and branding at Brandshare. He brings a wealth of real world, working knowledge into the classroom, and helps empower the next generation of designers to take over the industry. Danny talked about growing up in New York City, and spoke on how that made an impact on him as he moved throughout his career. He...

Duration:01:00:29

David Jon Walker

2/1/2021
Let's start off Black History Month with some education, shall we? Meet David Jon Walker, owner of the graphic design studio Rhealistic, and a design professor at Austin Peay State University in Nashville, TN. Our conversation started off with a brief look back at 2020, and from there, David spoke on adapting to teaching design during this socially distant time. He also talked about growing up in Nashville, discovering design during college at Tennessee State University, and shared some of...

Duration:00:59:53

Angela Bains

1/25/2021
I am absolutely thrilled to share my conversation with Angela Bains with you this week. Along with being the co-founder and strategy director of international branding agency TransformExp, Angela is also a design educator at two prestigious Canadian colleges -- OCAD University in Toronto and BCIT in Vancouver. Wait until you hear her story! We took a trip down memory lane as Angela talked about growing up in the 1970s in London, being exposed to graphic design and typography as a young...

Duration:01:12:51

Kevin Bethune

1/18/2021
Design can change your life in unexpected ways, and Kevin Bethune is a testament to that. He is the founder and chief creative officer of dreams • design + life, a think tank that delivers design and innovation services using a human-centered approach. (It sounds lofty, but with over 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering, product creation, strategy, and industrial design, Kevin is a true master of his craft.) We started off talking about how business has shifted over the past...

Duration:01:11:56

Steven Christian

1/11/2021
Steven Christian's motto is "create and conquer", and that's exactly what he's managed to do with his career. While he started out as an athlete, a sports injury cause him to discover visual art, and he has reinvented himself as a multitalented cartoonist, podcaster, animator, and AR mobile developer. Oh, and he's studying to apply to medical school. Talk about Black excellence! Steven shared with me how he balances all of this, and talked about how the current times helped kickstart his...

Duration:01:13:40

Nichelle Pace

1/4/2021
It's the start of a new year, and I think we could probably all use something to make us feel more resilient and motivated. Well lucky for you, I've got just the thing -- our conversation with the dynamic and talented Nichelle Pace. As the president and founder of Brand Enchanting Media, Nichelle brings over 20 years of experience to the table to help her clients with a variety of creative services. After a brief 2020 recap, Nichelle talked about her process for working with clients, and we...

Duration:01:20:45

Kristy Tillman

12/28/2020
I'm closing out this unprecedented year by talking with the one and only Kristy Tillman. Longtime listeners of the show may remember her first appearance back in 2015, but since then, Kristy has become one of the leading design voices in our community. As for what's next for Kristy? Well, let's just say that tomorrow looks bright. Kristy shared how her year has went so far, including departing from Slack, becoming an investor through indie.vc and The Designer Fund, and creating the Made in...

Duration:01:02:08

Donald Burlock, Jr.

12/21/2020
2020 has been one hell of a year. What if you could go into 2021 being superhuman? Then you should meet Donald Burlock, Jr.! By day, he serves as the creative technologist lead for the physical experience design team at Capital One. But by night, he's the author of the brand new book Superhuman by Design: Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity for Life-Changing Results. We started off talking about his work at Capital One, and from there Donald talked about his time working as an entrepreneur,...

Duration:01:23:12

Brandon Viney

12/14/2020
If you've seen either the the "Black Girl Magic" video or the Black History Month video this year from Google, then you're already intimately acquainted with the work of Brandon Viney, group creative lead at Google Brand Studio. He heads up the creative agency inside Google that uses data from the search engine to produce powerful ad spots like these (and many more). Brandon gave a peek behind the curtain on his creative process when starting new projects, and talked about the Google Brand...

Duration:01:06:13

Malika Reid

12/7/2020
As we slide into the final month of this year, I caught up with the dynamic Malika Reid, art director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. While her stomping grounds are usually in the Bay Area, Malika was down in Tulum, Mexico for a much-needed respite from the U.S. (I know that's right.) Malika talked about her day-to-day work at GS&P, and shared how her background growing up in south Florida among Caribbean family members and community helped shape her creative approach. She also spoke...

Duration:01:02:47

Bennie F. Johnson

11/30/2020
For our 375th episode, I had the opportunity to sit down with Bennie F. Johnson, the new executive director of AIGA, the professional organization for design. As the first Black executive director in AIGA's 100+ year history, Bennie is taking on a huge responsibility. When I asked him how he felt about this, he gave me two words: "boldly hopeful!" Bennie talked about what attracted him to this role, and how he's managed to grow into it during this tumultuous year. We also discussed a number...

Duration:01:08:40

Mark Smith

11/23/2020
The journey of a creative is never a straightforward path, and Mark Smith knows this well. As the head of design of Studio Mark Smith, he's went from designing t-shirts and textiles in NYC for urban apparel brands like Avirex to studying design at Auburn University to serving as the head of idea and innovation for iconic luxury brand Swarovski. Whoa! Mark and I talked about his current project -- a collection of jewelry -- and he spoke about his time working in Austria and Denmark. We also...

Duration:00:44:47

Dana James Mwangi

11/16/2020
Dana James Mwangi has really helped put Memphis, TN on the map when it comes to design and the creative community. As a web and branding consultant, Dana helps companies and creative entrepreneurs reach the next level of their business through her agency, Cheers Creative. But as you'll hear in our interview, Dana is all about striving for excellence while also knowing your value and taking care of yourself. We talked about how she started Cheers Creative, and walked me through her process...

Duration:01:01:45

Camille Selvon Abrahams

11/9/2020
Camille Selvon Abrahams is a trailblazer in the animation industry. Not only did she co-found the first outsourcing animation studio in the Caribbean — Full Circle Animation Studio — but she also heads up animation studies at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and is the founding director of the Animae Caribe Animation Festival! And she’s still making history! We had a pretty wide ranging conversation, and talked about her creative process, networking with other Black animators in the...

Duration:00:52:02

Darold Pinnock

11/2/2020
2020 has been a year full of difficult changes for a lot of people, but Darold Pinnock has managed to navigate this difficult time pretty well! Aside from his work as a brand designer for Georgia-based agency M&R Marketing, he's also interviewed creatives and artists from all over the world through his podcast Passion Behind The Art. We talked about the changes and challenges with working in person in the office during COVID-19, and he shared how his love of architecture led him into...

Duration:00:54:54

Ray Billingsley

10/26/2020
If you live in the United States and have read the funny pages any time within the past 30 years, then you already know about the work from this week's guest. Ray Billingsley is the creator of Curtis, the daily comic that follows the life and times of a precocious 11-year-old Black boy, his family, and his classmates. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to share this conversation with a cartoon legend. Ray gave an introduction to the Curtis comic universe, and talked about growing up in...

Duration:01:12:16

Nici Kelly

10/19/2020
Tech can be a lucrative career, but how many of us think of it as a way to close the wealth gap in the Black community? Nici Kelly does, and I love that her mission is to show people the different pathways into tech and tech entrepreneurship as a way to build a legacy. We started off talking about Nici's company, Care Covr, and her inspiration behind starting it in the midst of a global health pandemic. Our conversation continued when Nici talked about building Black wealth, her early...

Duration:01:20:26