A 2022 ALA Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title
In Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators, Kelly Walters collects twelve deeply personal interviews with graphic design educators of color who teach at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.
The book centers the unique narratives of Black, Brown, and Latinx design educators, from their childhood experiences to their navigation of undergraduate and graduate studies and their career paths in academia and practice. The interviewees represent a cross-section of ethnic and multiracial backgrounds—African American, Jamaican, Indian, Pakistani, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, and Brazilian.
Their impactful stories offer invaluable perspectives for students and emerging designers of color, creating an entry point to address the complexities of race in design and bring to light the challenges of teaching graphic design at different types of public and private institutions. Interwoven throughout the book are images that maintain cultural significance, from family heirlooms to design works that highlight aspects of their cultural identities. Readers will gain insight into the multitude of experiences of Black, Brown, and Latinx design educators who teach and work in the field today.
About the Author
Kelly Walters is an artist, designer, researcher, and founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Bright Polka Dot. Her ongoing design research interrogates the complexities of identity formation, systems of value, and the shared vernacular in and around Black visual culture. Walters is an assistant professor and associate director of the BFA Communication Design Program in the Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York.
"[Kelly Walters's] new, must read book is among the first of a spate of inspiring texts and online conferences that have emerged during the pandemic year and the Black Lives Matter groundswell. Here, Walters takes us on a narrative tour of this very enlightening collection of conversations with more new voices and new eyes on our increasingly diverse design professions." – PRINT Magazine
"These design educators tackle hard questions about race, identity, discrimination, and equity. At the intersection of design and education, these interviews show that cultural diversity can inspire creative work and foster enriching conversations between educators and their students." – Choice