In June of 2020, Mitzi Okou and I set out to organize a free virtual design conference focused around the disproportionately low number of Black people in creative industries. Three weeks later, the Where are the Black Designers? conference took place with over 10,000 live participants featuring Roxane Gay, Naj Austin, Raja Scharr and more.
Where are the Black Designers (WATBD) has elvoved as a strong network of nearly 1,000 Black designers. WATBD engages in the community through continued virtual events, a thriving job and mentorship hub, and partnerships with like-minded companies (Spotify, BAGGU).