Hampton University, often called the “Home by the Sea” on the banks of Virginia’s southern peninsula, has molded several of today’s black art and design luminaries. The name Hampton is even included in conversations about…
When people think of the best schools for designers, places like Pratt, MICA, RISD, and SVA come to mind. But one of the design world’s best kept secrets is located right in Raleigh, NC at North Carolina State University’s College of Design (NCSU).
Nia Gordon is a multi-talented visual storyteller that creates concepts that deliver a message to users and consumers. I talked with Nia about her design process and her new mobile app concept Spark Plug — a social media filter for news and activists.
What’s your name, what year are you, and what are you majoring in?
My name is Kevin Tyler and I am a first year graduate student at the Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in graphic design MFA program. I am also a graduate of Claflin University after earning a BA degree in Digital Design.
The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless other Black men and women have sparked protests around the world. These protests also bring a number of other issues to the surface that disproportionately affect Black people throughout the United States — most notably, police brutality.
Design activism has a long history of helping spark change. Design can be used to highlight root causes to issues and help attract attention and evoke emotion to create a visual identity behind a shared cause. How are designers helping with activism efforts?