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On November 9 at 8pm ET, we’re going to have a special AMA chat with digital strategist and serial entrepreneur Brandon Butler!

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On October 12 at 8pm ET, we’re going to have a special AMA chat with top diversity recruiter Torin Ellis!

We’re also giving away two copies of Torin’s new book Rip The Resume. Thanks to everyone who entered — winners will be announced during the AMA chat!

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HBCUs have a rich history of educating some of the nation’s best and brightest Black students. HBCU enrollment is surging, and these schools provide a safe haven for students that they may not find at predominantly white institutions (PWIs). But what happens once they walk across the stage and enter the real world? For design students specifically, are HBCUs preparing them to deal with life after the classroom?

The answer to that question, to quote a Facebook relationship status is, “it’s complicated.”
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charles-harrison-legacy-of-innovation-2Design is often assumed to be purely about aesthetics; a practice in bringing awareness to an object’s form. Charles Harrison’s work as an industrial designer with Sears brought focus to form as much as function, incorporating practical, life-improving considerations to over 600 products during his career. His ability to consider everyday use into his design resulted in some of the most popular household items still in use today. In 2005, Harrison released his memoir, “A Life’s Design: The Life And Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison,” in which he ruminates about his successes throughout his long career creating innovative designs.
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What’s your name, what year are you, and what are you majoring in?

My name is Jeanette Bolden. I’m in my second year of the Art Option transfer program at Prince George’s Community College, and I have one semester left. The Art Option program prepares students to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in digital and graphic arts at a four-year college or university.

How did you decide that you wanted to study graphic design?

I thought about getting into fine arts, but packaging design and posters was more appealing to me. Deciding to get into graphic design was a process of career tests, research, and continuous self examination. I see myself as more of a craftsperson than a visual artist. Graphic design combines the two. Continue reading