Black culture and history

2021 E+E Keynote: Greenwood Rising

Greenwood Rising's Journey Toward Racial Reconciliation: Community Commitments

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SEGD’s 2021 Exhibition + Experience event culminates on Thursday afternoon, August 5, with a keynote presentation by L’Rai Arthur-Mensa (Local Projects, New York, NY) and Phillip Keith Armstrong (Greenwood Rising, Tulsa, OK). Their presentation celebrates the official opening of the new Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center this month in Tulsa, which tells the story of the Greenwood District and the resiliency of it’s community.

5 African American Museums and Cultural Centers

Freedom Rides Museum, photo credit Freedom Rides Museum

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Black History Month continues into March here at SEGD! In this article we explore five museums and cultural centers featuring different aspects of African American history—from slave ships to the civil rights movement, and from the Underground Railroad to free Black communities. Each of these organizations face their own unique challenges, especially in this time of pandemic. Read on to discover how designers can—and have—helped these institutions by designing experiences to engage visitors and generate greater public interest in the museum’s missions.

Equity and Justice in the COVID Age

Equity and Justice in the COVID Age

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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. Next up, on February 17, is “Equity and Justice in the COVID Age” presented by Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid of Isometric Studio.

African American History and Culture Projects Honored by SEGD GDA’s

African American History and Culture Projects—Honored by SEGD GDA’s

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SEGD’s Global Design Awards set the standard of excellence for experiential graphic design, honoring work that connects people to place through engaging storytelling. The GDAs also celebrate projects that inspire and improve the human experience, including those that reflect the narratives of traditionally underrepresented communities. The GDA winners outlined below—both past and present—amplify, celebrate and bring African American culture and history to the forefront in exemplary ways.

Designers Elevating Untold Narratives

Aki Carpenter

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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.

Truth-Telling and Reconciliation Experiences

Truth-Telling and Reconciliation Experiences

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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. We are kicking off the month by sharing a curated weekly series of video presentations from 2020 that feature designers in our SEGD community speaking about their roles in presenting difficult historical topics while engaging audiences through specific design strategies. First up, on February 3, is “Truth-Telling and Reconciliation Experiences” presented by L’Rai Arthur-Mensah and Ben Millstein of Local Projects.

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