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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

Douglas Davis

5/3/2021
I couldn't think of a better way to start off the month than by talking with author, professor, and strategist Douglas Davis. Longtime fans of the show will remember our initial conversation from 2016, so it was good to catch up and talk and get an update over what he's been doing. What follows is less of an interview and more of a general conversation that ranges a number of topics: creativity during the pandemic, design equity, social justice, the value of remote design education,...

Duration:01:22:02

Sean Mack

4/26/2021
This week's guest is a real treat for me. Sean Mack is an illustrator and graphic artist in Detroit, and I first ran across his work around a decade or so ago on Tumblr. His work has really taken off since then, so having him on to talk about his journey as an artist was a lot of fun. We started off talking about his recent work on a commemorative comic for the late hip-hop artist MF DOOM, and Sean went into how he and writer Brandon Howard came up with their popular comic The Revolutionary...

Duration:01:00:25

Steenz

4/19/2021
If you have been a listener of the show for a while, then you know I love cartoons and animation. So having a chance to sit down with this week's guest, Steenz, was a lot of fun. Steenz is one of the few Black women syndicated cartoonists in mainstream funny pages for her work on "Heart of the City", and her work on previous titles has netted her several coveted awards, including the Eisner Award, in the cartoon industry. We talked about her picking up the torch from Mark Tatulli for "Heart...

Duration:00:51:05

John B. Johnson

4/12/2021
If you were a part of last week's State of Black Design conference, then you've already been introduced to this week's guest -- John B. Johnson. As the principal of A Small Studio in Seattle, he leads a team of creative professionals that specialize in authentic digital design. We spoke about how his business has changed through the pandemic, as well as his process with new projects (such as DOSE). He also talked about growing up in Cleveland, studying architecture, and how these...

Duration:01:16:16

Julian Williams

4/5/2021
It's a new month, and I am beyond excited to share with you my interview with Julian Williams. He may be young in age, but his impressive body of work rivals those of designers with years more experience. We talked a few months after he completed work on the Biden for American campaign as their lead opposition brand designer. Pretty cool! We spoke about how he landed on the campaign, and Julian shared the differences between working with clients in the U.S. versus clients in Europe. From...

Duration:01:27:51

Joseph Carter-Brown

3/29/2021
Joseph Carter-Brown is a man of many titles. He's a UX strategist. He's a human-centered designer. And by day, he's the global UX manager at Stanley Black & Decker, a Fortune 500 company that's over 175 years old! Joseph's versatility as a design leader extends far beyond titles, as you'll definitely discover in this week's interview. We start off with a look at his work and his team, and he shares an anecdote from last year that put him on his current path to success. Joseph also talked to...

Duration:01:29:35

Kelly Walters

3/22/2021
We have had a good number of design educators this year on Revision Path, but how many of them have written a book on designers of color? Meet Kelly Walters, an artist, designer, and educator who is currently the assistant professor and associate director of the BFA Communication Design program in the Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York. Kelly is also the founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Bright Polka Dot. Talk about having a full schedule! Kelly talked about...

Duration:00:53:03

Sloan Leo

3/15/2021
If there's one word I would use to describe Sloan Leo, it would be "dynamic". As the CEO of NYC-based FLOX Studio, they bring over 15 years of facilitation and community strategy to bring the power of community design to clients from all over. Sloan is also an accomplished mixed media artist, and their exhibition "A Watermelon for Leo" is a beautiful assemblage of ephemera, rituals and video. We started our conversation off with a quick 2020 review, and Sloan talked about their daily flow...

Duration:00:50:10

Azarra Amoy

3/8/2021
We're back across the pond this week and having a good ol' chat and a spot of tea with one of London's most brilliant artists -- Azarra Amoy. It was a good time to catch up with her since she just got a new studio! Azarra spoke on how art is like her diary, and she walked me through some of her inspirations and talked about growing up in London and even spending time in Bangkok before transitioning into her current artistic career. Azarra's colorful, kinetic designs are a welcome sight...

Duration:00:43:45

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