Maurice Cherry is the founder and principal at Lunch, a multidisciplinary studio in Atlanta, GA. Lunch helps creative brands craft messages and tell stories for their targeted audiences, including fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. Past clients and collaborators include Vox Media, NIKE, Mediabistro, Site5, SitePoint, and The City of Atlanta.
Maurice is a pioneering digital creator who is most well-known for the Black Weblog Awards, the Web's longest running event celebrating Black bloggers, video bloggers, and pod casters. Other projects of Maurice's include the award-winning podcast Revision Path, 28 Days of the Web, and The Year of Tea. His projects, overall design work and advocacy have been recognized by NPR, News One, CNN, AIGA, HOW, Print, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and The Los Angeles Times.
Maurice is also an educator, and has built curricula and taught courses on web design, web development, email marketing, WordPress, and podcasting for thousands of students over the past ten years.
Maurice was named one of Atlanta’s “Power 30 Under 30? in the field of Science and Technology by the Apex Society, one of HP’s “50 Tech Tastemakers” in conjunction with Black Web 2.0, and was selected by Atlanta Tribune as one of 2014's Young Professionals.
Maurice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and a Masters degree in telecommunications management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
This year, it means recommitting to excellence. 2016 was a wake up call for a lot of people in a lot of different ways. We lost some legends, and the country took a tumultuous turn politically. Because Black History Month for me is every month -- every day, really -- which means that it's another chance to get things right and continue the journey in creating the reality I want to see.
Where Are You Finding Inspiration Today To create Design This Year?
This might be a totally obvious answer, but I'm really inspired by the 80s this year. It feels like everything old is new again (in more ways than one). The music and the design sensibilities that came out of that time (largely as a counterpoint to society) are giving me hope.