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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

Brian A. Thompson

10/18/2021
When Dian Holton told me that a Black designer was behind the new $100 bill, I had to reach out and have him on Revision Path. I mean, how often are you able to talk to someone who's design work is literally seen all around the world? (You might even have it in your wallet right now!) While we couldn't go into specifics about the whole US banknote process. Brian and I had a great conversation about his inspiration as a banknote designer, and he talked about how he got into the field right...

Duration:00:48:47

Eric Bailey

10/11/2021
You may not have heard much about Eric Bailey, but there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve encountered his work out in the world. As the VP of experience design at Zillow, he brings over 20 years of strategic thinking, imagining, and making to revolutionize the process of buying or selling your home. Our conversation began with Eric discussing how he builds culture and maintains joy on his team, and he spoke broadly about what he calls “the limitless possibilities of UX design.” He also...

Duration:01:07:34

Keni Thacker

10/4/2021
If you’ve been keeping up with the advertising world over the past couple of years, then this week’s guest hardly needs an introduction. Meet chief diversity creative Keni Thacker, founder and chief creative officer of 100 Roses from Concrete. Keni uses his decades of experience in the industry to challenge norms while also advocating for diversity and inclusion for the current and next generation of creatives. Keni and I spoke about 100 Roses from Concrete, including how the agency began...

Duration:01:06:43

Janessa Robinson

9/27/2021
Summer is over, y’all. As we head into a new season, it’s a perfect time to pause and reflect, gain some clarity, and reassure yourself about your purpose. That’s exactly what this week’s guest Janessa Robinson is all about, particularly now that she’s at the beginning of a new adventure — moving to Los Angeles! Our conversation began with Janessa talking about the recent move, and she spoke a bit about her day job as a content creator. We also dived into the backstory behind her company...

Duration:01:12:49

Elsa Amri

9/20/2021
We’re going international this week to talk with a super talented visual designer — Elsa Amri. I first learned about Elsa via an Adobe Live presentation, and I had to reach out and learn more about her and have her share her story and her message with Revision Path! Elsa talked about how she’s grown over the past year, including doing work with Adobe, and she spoke about growing up in Tanzania and studying abroad in the United Kingdom and discovering design. We also talked about her time...

Duration:01:03:57

Dr. Christina N. Harrington

9/13/2021
Our back to school theme continues this week with a conversation with Dr. Christina N. Harrington. I first met Dr. Harrington as a contributor to the first volume of RECOGNIZE, and now she's an assistant professor in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the director of their Equity and Health Innovations Design Research Lab! Impressive! After a brief pandemic check-in, Dr. Harrington talked about some of the design research work she's doing at Carnegie Mellon, and spoke about...

Duration:01:18:27

Zariah Cameron

9/6/2021
September means it's time for back to school, so what better way to kick off the month here on Revision Path than by talking with a design student? Meet Zariah Cameron, a soon-to-be graduate of North Carolina A&T and an up-and-coming voice in the design industry. We talked about going through her senior year and working as an intern during this pandemic, and we also spoke about the AEI Design Program, an initiative she started to foster and establish relationships with partner companies to...

Duration:00:58:38

Lisa Cain

8/30/2021
Striking out on your own can be tough, but I can tell you from personal experience that it can be one of the most rewarding things you do in life. And what better person to talk about this feeling than design strategist Lisa Cain. Lisa has worked in the visual design field for well over 20 years, so she knows a LOT about what it takes to get things done. We started off talking about how she started her studio, and Lisa gave a peek in to her creative process on some of her projects. Lisa...

Duration:00:44:36

Derrick Fields

8/23/2021
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of video games, so when I learned about Derrick Fields and Waking Oni Games from the Wholesome Direct Indie Game Showcase back in June, I had to have him on the show. We talked about how 2021 has been going so far -- a new gig and a new baby! -- and he spoke on why he created his own gaming studio and gave some history behind the studio's first title: Onsen Master. Derrick also shared his inspiration behind getting into game programming, the indie gaming...

Duration:01:08:57

Reese Fuller

8/16/2021
Whether you like it or not, writing is an integral part of the design process these days, and no one knows this better than this week's guest, Reese Fuller. As a senior writer for digital agency Work & Co, Reese works with visual designers and strategists to help "make the words sound good." Our conversation started off with Reese detailing how he works as a writer in a design agency, talked about his switch from STEM to writing, and cleared up some misconceptions designers may have about...

Duration:01:02:35

Cedric Wilson

8/9/2021
Sometimes you cross paths with people, and you never know if or how you will reconnect in the future. I have wanted to have a sound designer on the podcast for years, and through a series of conversations, now I have one -- one that I've worked with in the past! Meet Cedric Wilson, lead producer at Lantigua Williams & Co. We talk about some of Cedric's most well-known audio projects, and he shared how he got into music theory in high school, which evolved into studying sound design and...

Duration:00:58:37

Michael Collett

8/2/2021
"A better world is possible if we approach our work with a class- AND race-aware lens." Michael Collett was dropping gems like this, and we hadn't even started recording! I have followed Michael's work since 2016, and I'm glad we finally finally got a chance to talk on Revision Path about his career and his overall philosophy to life. We talked about his involvement with Greenworks and Design To Divest, and Michael shared some of his origin story growing up between The Middle East and the...

Duration:01:13:10

Ron Bronson

7/26/2021
If you've had any sort of interaction with government services on the Web, particularly at the national level, there's a pretty good chance your experience in some form was designed or conceived by this week's guest -- the one and only Ron Bronson. Longtime fans will remember Ron's first appearance on the podcast seven years ago, and our conversation starts off with a quick recap of what lessons he's learned over the past year. From here, we talk about his career shift from education to...

Duration:00:48:47

Maxwell VanHook

7/19/2021
"If you have a vision for yourself, go for it." When Maxwell VanHook told me that before our interview, I knew that he was about to drop some serious knowledge. And he did not disappoint! We started off in an interesting place -- the home -- and he talked about how newlywed life and how he's been re-evaluating the concept of work and code switching in this current age. He also shared a bit about his work as an associate creative director for Amazon Devices, and his role as co-host of the...

Duration:01:16:06

Jeffrey Henderson

7/12/2021
Being confident with your creativity will take you far as a designer, and this week's guest is a perfect example of that. Jeffrey Henderson is the founder of AndThem, an NYC-based creative collective that focuses on building creativity and business within Black and brown communities. We started off talking about plans for the summer, and then Jeffrey spoke about his innovative agency model and how he uses it to help give back to the next generation of creatives. We also talked about his 15+...

Duration:01:46:15

Keisha Okafor

7/5/2021
We're halfway through the year! Summer's here, and I thought it would be a great time to feature an extraordinary young designer whose work I recently discovered -- Keisha Okafor. Her work is brimming with energy and vibrancy and joy -- feelings we all could use a bit more of these days. We start off talking about freelance design, and Keisha told a bit about how she helped make one of the features Google Doodles for Black History Month 2021. Keisha also spoke on her signature design style,...

Duration:00:56:11

Cherry-Ann Davis

6/28/2021
What happens when a Trini woman ends up in the largest city in Switzerland to learn design? You have Cherry-Ann Davis, a graduate design student at Zurich University of the Arts, and a self-proclaimed creator of visuals and words. Quite a combination, right? Cherry-Ann and I talk about her design thesis, as well as her work at a feminist design publication called The Futuress. Cherry-Ann also spoke on growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, how she switched her career from marketing to design,...

Duration:00:59:54

Adekunle Oduye

6/21/2021
One of the benefits of hosting this podcast for the past eight years is that I get to see how guests progress in their career. Such is the case with this week's guest, Adekunle Oduye! He was one of our first podcast guests way back in 2014, and I recently asked him to come back on the podcast and give everyone an update! We talked a bit about his current role at Mailchimp, and he went into the importance of design systems in his work. Adekunle also spoke on how his career has shifted over...

Duration:00:55:39

Brandon Groce

6/14/2021
A dear friend of mine asked me to include a creative on Revision Path that could speak to building a personal brand online, and my mind went immediately to UI/UX designer Brandon Groce. I first encountered Brandon a year ago hosting an AIGA DC design event, and was impressed by his work creating content for design brands including Disney, Hilton, and LG. Did I mention he's also an Adobe Partner? Our conversation started off with an update on what Brandon's been doing over the past year, and...

Duration:00:53:07

Tiffany Middleton

6/7/2021
What a difference a few years makes! This is definitely the case with this week's guest, Tiffany Middleton. When I first talked to her on Revision Path, she was just starting out as a junior designer from Childersburg, Alabama working for a Texas-based sports company. Now she's a senior art director for FanDuel and has continued honing and flexing her design skills, only this time in the Big Apple! We started off with a quick check-in, and Tiffany spoke on her interest in mentoring and...

Duration:00:50:58