10/06 - 10/08/17
4:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EDT)


  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA

Organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU), the Black in Design Conference recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.

While the political climate we face today is tenuous, the forces of systemic injustice are not new. We will explore design as resistance and show how designers are advocates and activists. We will highlight the contributions made by leaders across nontraditional fields in creating spaces for actions and representations of resistance. Through this exploration, we will broaden the definition of design, understanding it through the lens of these visionaries in their work.

Design is activism

Design is coalition building

For more information, please visit the conference website or email [email protected]

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