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!

We’re closing out March by talking with with London-based product designer and creative technologist Alex Fefegha. As the creative director of his own Alex’s work has taken him all over the world, and he’s currently creative director of Comuzi, an agency with clients like the BBC, the University of the Arts London and NHS England.

Our talk is less of an interview and more of a conversation. We touch on a few entrepreneurial topics like starting a studio and finding clients, the state of diversity in design in London and the United Kingdom, and I ask Alex what he thinks prevents more Black designers from becoming recognized leaders in design. It’s a little bit of a departure from the norm, but I’m glad that we were able to candidly discuss these topics. Thanks Alex!


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This week’s episode picks up a few weeks after Qa’id Jacobs and I first talked. (If you missed Part 1 of this interview, listen to it here.) The presidential election just ended here in the U.S., and I wanted to get Qa’id’s feedback on how he was feeling.

What follows is pretty surprising! I ask Qa’id if he and his family are still planning to move back to the United States, and he shares his thoughts on how and what these turbulent times mean for designers and for Black Americans. It’s a bit of a departure from the normal Revision Path interview, but I thought it was a fitting way to close out the year.

There won’t be a new episode next week, but we will be back in the saddle with new episodes beginning on January 2. See you in 2017!


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I don’t remember exactly how I first found out about Qa’id Jacobs, but based on our conversation, he’s someone that I will never forget. Our conversation was so deep, in fact, that I wanted to make this our first two-part episode!

In part one of our talk, I got to learn more about Qa’id, including what he does as a product and systems designer, how his background in music and business led him to tech and design, the myth of Black creatives fleeing to Europe for greater civility, and what eventually prompted his move overseas to The Netherlands. Stay tuned as our conversation continues next week!


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We’re closing out the month out with a conversation with Facebook product designer Jacklyn Laryea. Jacklyn’s relatively new at Facebook, but her background includes work at PBS, The Atlantic, and AOL.

Although we started off talking about what Jacklyn does at Facebook, we ended up discussing a lot of different topics, including how Jacklyn’s Ghanaian roots influence her work, what she wants to see from the design community, and her advice for up and coming designers. But the interview’s not all serious — we end up having a few laughs too!


I am forever grateful to Facebook for inviting me out to their headquarters in Menlo Park for these interviews! Thanks to Kristy Tillman, Tory Hargro, Jon Lax, Caroline Rana, Cindy Doan, Michelle Morrison, and everyone who helped make this all possible!


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