Grace Bonney

GRACE BONNEY


What Does Black History Month Mean To You?

it’s simple: do the research, do the work, and make sure your content reflects everyone in our community.

Inclusivity is one of my main priorities at Design*Sponge. We focus on celebrating black designers, artists and makers on a regular basis. But Black History Month is a time when we devote even more resources and research to historical pieces that help our community learn more about pioneering black artists and creatives, and how their work has influenced our past, present and future community.

 

Why Is Black Representation And Diversity Important To Design?

People of color are talented, creative, strong and important members of our design community. They have not been given the same attention, support, funding and opportunities as white designers; by continuing to celebrate their work and highlight the incredible talent they bring to the community at large, hopefully we'll see that imbalance change.
 

 
by making simple changes to the sorts of things I read, watched and listened to, I was able to expand my range of inspiration...
 


What Is One Thing You Could Do To Create More Diversity In Your Industry?

As a publisher, it's simple: do the research, do the work, and make sure your content reflects everyone in our community. For me that started by expanding my circles of influence- reading blogs, magazines and websites that highlighted artists and makers of color, which ultimately lead me to new social media feeds to follow. From there I started building new friendships and contacts that helped me find more diverse homes, artists, and projects to celebrate on Design*Sponge. I can only speak from my experience, but by making simple changes to the sorts of things I read, watched and listened to, I was able to (which was long overdue on my part) expand my range of inspiration and connect to a community of people I had not been in touch with before. Our site, and our community, is stronger and more powerful when we celebrate everyone that makes it great.
 

 


The Sunday essay series asks experts in the design industry their perspective on Black History Month