Datrianna Meeks has been on our radar since we first profiled her back in 2015 as part of 28 Days of the Web. Since then, she’s been making some tremendous strides in her career, leading up to her current position as a senior product designer at Spotify.

Our conversation started off with Datrianna walking us through a typical day at work, and we spoke about the NYC design and tech scene and about her inspiring design journey. She’s also a podcast fanatic, so we also talked about #AmpedBrunch, an event she recently hosted for women of color in podcasting. Datrianna is really carving out a space for herself in this industry, so keep an eye out for her!

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Shannon Washington is a true creative force! Several people that have been on the show have recommended that I talk with her, and after seeing her in this year’s Women’s Freedom Conference, I knew I had to make it happen.

Our conversation started with a simple question: “When did you first fall in love with design?” From there, we talked about her time at Howard University, how she became a creative director, the people who inspire her, and her dream project. Shannon is definitely more than just a creative director, world traveler, and fierce advocate for Black women — she is a creator!


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I’m starting Black History Month with a really great conversation with Gitamba Saila-Ngita. Gitamba is a multidisciplinary designer and strategist living in New York, and he has collaborated and produced work for brands and agencies such as Carrot, Apple, and Nurun.

Gitamba is what I’d call a “global designer” (word to Ced Funches) — multilingual, grew up around the world, and travels frequently. All of these experiences influence his approach to projects and his design sensibilities. We also touched on diversity in the design industry, and we talked shop about MF DOOM. Keep an eye on Gitamba — he’s definitely going places. Enjoy!

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I had such a delightful conversation with this week’s guest — Brooklyn-based graphic designer and artist Arielle Wilkins.

We spoke about growing up in a creative family, her time at SVA, and the difference in working with a big agency versus a smaller agency. Arielle also talked about her latest project Brothas and Sistas, and how she gained the confidence to keep at it and turn it into something successful! Watch out for Arielle — I have a feeling you’ll be seeing her work in stores soon!

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January continues with an interview with Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator Brittany Holloway-Brown.

Brittany’s vibrant watercolor works have been seen across the web on sites like StyleBlazer, BuzzFeed, and many more. We talked about how the Internet has helped her gain a larger platform, the motivations behind her pieces, and her “Dark Girls” series that explores the representation of dark-skinned women in the beauty industry.

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