Aki Carpenter

BIPOC Directors Collective: Amplifying and Strengthening the BIPOC Creative Community

BIPOC Directors Collective: Amplifying and Strengthening the BIPOC Creative Community

Read Time: 3 minutes
During the summer of 2020, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, SEGD members Aki Carpenter (Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York) and Inessah Selditz (Ada, New York) formed BIPOC Directors Collective (BIPOC-DC), a group of directors and leaders of color to enact real change from the top down. Since then, the BIPOC-DC has hosted virtual talks and conferences to discuss issues and actions, as well as provide role models and mentorship for younger people of color who are rising-up within the creative industries.

Racial Justice Commission: Mandating and Creating Greater Inclusivity within SEGD

Racial Justice Commission: Encouraging Greater Inclusivity within SEGD

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In response to historical racial injustice and the renewed calls for change across all institutions, eight members of SEGD have formed the organization’s first-ever Racial Justice Commission. Their mission: to advance racial justice within SEGD and the field of Experiential Graphic Design by serving  as an advisory group and providing guidance to committees, chapters, and staff—all in support of more inclusivity and accountability within the organization. 

Designing Change: Unlearning and Relearning SEGD’s Upcoming “Exhibition + Experience” Event

Planet Word

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On August 4 & 5th, 2021, SEGD will bring together designers to participate in a comprehensive virtual event dedicated to exhibition and experience design. “Designing Change: Unlearning + Relearning” will focus on we design change in our methodologies while examining how designers, storytellers and creators are reimagining their design practices.

Designers Elevating Untold Narratives

Aki Carpenter

Read Time: 3 minutes
Throughout February, SEGD is focusing on the importance of experience design and experience designers to amplify, celebrate and bring Black culture and history to the forefront. To do this, we are sharing a curated weekly series of video presentations from 2020 featuring designers in our SEGD community speaking about their roles in presenting difficult historical topics while engaging audiences through specific design strategies. On February 10, SEGD shares “Designers Elevating Untold Narratives” presented by SEGD Board Member Aki Carpenter and featuring the design work of Ralph Appelbaum Associates on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the upcoming Obama Presidential Center.

How Soon is Now? Designing Change


The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) brought together multidisciplinary designers from around the world for the first comprehensive and virtual multi-day event dedicated to exhibition and experience design. This series, entitled How Soon Is Now? Designing Change, focused on the current state of museum design processes and practices, and will examine how designers, storytellers and artists create experiences in the physical and virtual realms for audiences of varied backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and ages.


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