Co-working spaces are shared office environments where people pay rent for table or office space. Unlike typical office environments, most people using co-working spaces do not work for the same organization. However, co-working spaces can provide opportunities for collaborating and networking with other independent professionals. In addition to providing many of the amenities of a traditional office — Wi-Fi, a physical address, meeting spaces, etc. — co-working spaces also host fundraisers, happy hours, networking mixers, and other special events as a way for people to socialize with others “after work”, so to speak.

Why are co-working spaces important specifically for Black designers and developers? Experts predict that 40% of the American workforce (about 60 million people) will be freelancers by the year 2020. Research from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation revealed that over 64% of African-American millennials want to start their own businesses. As more Blacks around the world become entrepreneurs and freelancers, co-working spaces can become a valuable option.


Allan Cole is a true polymath. Whether it’s graphic design, web development, or music, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and produces mind-blowing results. You may know him as one of the co-authors of Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes, but he’s also done websites and designs for big names like Nike, Okayplayer, Kanye West, Jay Electronica, and Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Arts Society!

(And speaking of music, he’s one half of the music duo The Stuyvesants. Highly, highly recommended!)

We talked about his current path to success through WordPress, creative collaboration, and of course…the music. According to Allan, there are ways to do what you love and make a living, and he’s a prime example of that!

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What a great month of interviews! I’m ending November with the amazing De Angela Duff.

I heard about De Angela through Rashida White, and her bio truly speaks for itself. She’s designed websites for some of the biggest music artists in the 90s, like Alicia Keys, David Bowie, and Britney Spears. De Angela currently serves as the Co-Director of Integrated Digital Media at NYU, working on next-level technologies like augmented reality and brainwaves. Did I mention she’s a diehard Prince fan too? Afrofuturistic!

Press play and learn more about De Angela’s inspiring journey and her current work!

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This week’s interview is with David Yarde, a web designer and developer, and co-founder of the creative strategy and branding firm Sevenality.

We talked a little bit about branding, discussed which brands are getting it right (and which aren’t!) and talked about how to succeed being an introverted person of color, and how that can be misconstrued.

David is a prime example of someone who has used design to change his life, and I think you’ll really be inspired by his story and his advice for young designers.

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Adekunle OduyeAdekunle Oduye is a young designer in New York City. As the youngest of seven kids, Adekunle wanted to become a painter, and he talks about how he came into design and development, his time studying in Rome, and projects he’s created though hackathons. He even gives nods to some of the big names in the industry, and I drop a little advice on speaking for design/tech talks. I hope you’ll enjoy this interview!

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