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We’re ending out HBCU Month on Revision Path by talking with KeVon Ticer, a UX designer for the University of California. KeVon’s journey has a designer has taken him from coast to coast!

We spent a good bit of time talking about HBCUs — Howard University in particular, KeVon’s alma mater — and whether they’re preparing the next generation of designers. KeVon also shared his experiences at Carnegie Mellon and BitTorrent, and told me what it means to him to be a designer today. Thanks to KeVon for sharing his story!


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“Regardless of your dreams, don’t let anyone stop you.” When Harrison Wheeler, told me this before our interview, I knew that we were going to have a good conversation on our hands. Harrison is the design manager at Base, a customer relationship management tool used by entrepreneurs to help track clients and set up a sales process so your business runs more efficiently.

We started off by going through a typical day for Harrison, and he shared what he thinks makes someone a good design manager. From there, he talked about how he first got involved in design, his entrepreneurial days at the University of Iowa, and we talked a bit about diversity in design as it relates to hiring. (And he is hiring!) Harrison really had a lot of great information to share, and I think anyone interested in more about product design or design management should definitely give this episode a listen. Thanks to Ron Bronson for the introduction!


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March is ending with a great interview with product designer Kat Vellos. Kat’s unique approach to user experience design comes from her past work in visual design, education, and facilitation. Very cool!

We talked about some of her current projects, including #EndSmallTalk and the popular Bay Area Black Designers meetup. We also discussed mentorship and how people can use design in their communities. Kat’s curious and inquisitive nature, combined with her background, makes her a really thoughtful designer. I’m interested in seeing what else she does in the future!


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We’re closing out January with a great interview with another multitalented creator — San Francisco’s own Ayana Baltrip-Balagás. She’s a designer, a photographer, a business owner, an educator, and so much more!

Our conversation started off talking about the Organization of Black Designers, and from there we went into Ayana’s history as an actress and dancer (and how that led into photography and design). We also touched on design education, and Ayana shared some great information on design thinking, the importance of Black designers having a strong online presence, and ways that the design industry can really start taking diversity seriously. Thank you Ayana for being a beacon of hope and a force for creative change!


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“I am a firm believer in doing what you love no matter what it takes.” Vaughn Dabney’s philosophy of happiness has led him to personal and professional success, and I couldn’t think of a better person to have on the show during a time of the year when we’re all making goals and resolutions to improve.

We talked about what drew him to mobile development, his dev platform of choice, his company Empty Box Media, and where he sees his company going in the future. For Vaughn, being happy is his #1 concern, and it’s clear that his work gives him the freedom to do pursue his dreams. Enjoy the interview!


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