Jarrett Key creates works that transcend multiple boundaries. As a fine artist, Jarrett uses hair — like, literally painting with their entire head of hair — to make pieces that are full of life, passion, and tension. Speaking of tension, I just happened to have the chance to talk to Jarrett during a particularly tense time in life right now — graduate school!

We started off talking about what it’s like adjusting to being back in Providence, Rhode Island, and Jarrett spoke about the decision to return and what they hope to gain from this experience. Jarrett also listed their artistic influences, remembered life growing up in the South, explained what people tend to get wrong about art, and more. According to Jarrett, everyone has a story to share if they take the time to dig deep and discover what it is. Hopefully this interview inspires you to do just that!


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If you have followed me and Revision Path since at least 2015, then you’ll hopefully recognize how powerfully significant this week’s guest is. Cheryl D. Miller holds many titles — visual artist, designer, author, writer, and theologian. Her trailblazing 1985 graduate thesis at Pratt Institute helped fuel the conversation about diversity in design for Black designers and designers of color — a conversation we’re still continuing over 30 years later.

Cheryl and I talk about her multicultural upbringing, her time as a student at MICA and Pratt, and she shared her memories of life as a designer in NYC during the 80s and 90s. We also spoke about the latest chapter of Cheryl’s design career — the acquisition of her personal work archive by Stanford University! Cheryl is living design history, and I’m so glad to be able to share her story here with you all!


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Design has not been as big a part of the conversation about increasing participation and diversity in tech careers. For the professionals, policymakers, and educators leading the charge for diversity, tech has primarily meant computer science and software development. Coding programs are widely available for learners at every age and career stage. The same cannot be said for design, though this is starting to change.

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July has been such an amazing month, and I’m so excited to celebrate our 150th episode with a conversation with the incomparable Ashleigh Axios. She’s an international speaker, a strategic creative, a member of the national board of directors for AIGA, president emeritus for AIGA DC, and is the former creative director for the White House under President Obama’s administration. Whoa!

We talked about the work Ashleigh’s done during her tenure at the White House, and she shared which project challenged her the most as well as what it’s like actually working in such close proximity with some of the nation’s top officials. Ashleigh also gave her thoughts on whether the administration’s current focus on tech and design would continue into the future, and we went into her current work with AIGA. Ashleigh is a huge advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change, and I think we will definitely see more from her in the future!

Here’s to 150 episodes!


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