Fruitvale Station. Miles Ahead. Creed. Moonlight. If you’ve seen any of these films over the past few years, then you’re familiar with the work of Hannah Beachler. You may also know her for her Afrofuturist design direction on Black Panther, becoming not just the first Black person to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design, but also being the first one to win it as well. She’s even worked with Beyoncé on Lemonade, as well as the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay Z! In short, Hannah Beachler is definitely #goals when it comes to Black design.

While we did discuss Hannah’s career highlights, we also talked about her life growing up in Ohio, her early work in production design, and how she first met Ryan Coogler. Hannah also shared how she prepares for working on films, what life is like after winning an Oscar, and how she stays inspired. Hannah is definitely proof that if you do your best, it is definitely good enough!


This episode is sponsored by Sappi North America’s Ideas that Matter program.

Sappi, a maker of high quality printing, packaging and release papers as well as dissolving wood pulp, is celebrating 20 years of this unique grant competition for designers working on social impact projects.

Applications are considered by an annually selected panel of top designers and social impact leaders and this year includes Sam Aquillano from the Design Museum Foundation, Ashleigh Axios from the Obama White House, George Aye of Greater Good Studio, Antionette Carroll of Creative Reaction Lab and Christine Taylor from Hallmark Cards.

The 2019 deadline to apply for a grant is July 19. To learn more about the program, visit sappi.com/ideas-that-matter.


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We’re back to New York City this week — Brooklyn, to be exact — and talking with Digital Ocean product designer Earl Carlson. Earl is proof that you can move around and try different things as long as you have the drive to succeed.

We started off talking about Earl’s college days at the University of Michigan, and then Earl guided me through where his design skills have taken him — New Orleans and San Francisco. We also talked about some of the work he’s doing at Digital Ocean, his great posts on design on Medium, as well as some of the people who keep him motivated and inspired to succeed. Earl is really about helping the next generation of designers, so make sure you keep an eye out for him in a city near you!


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