The Black in Design Conference, organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU) recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.
Black Matter celebrates the cultivation of Black space and creativity from the magical to the mundane. The conference aims to lift up the Black spatial practices and experiences that operate below the surface of design theory and practice, bringing nuance to the trope of Black excellence and acknowledging the urgent political, spatial, and ecological crises facing Black communities across the diaspora.
The 2021 Black in Design conference will bring together designers from distinct professional, academic, and experiential backgrounds to explore the possibilities for designing connections across the African diaspora. The conference will host discussions and exhibitions at the intersections of technology, history, and design as a form of magic in bringing about equity for Black diasporic communities. We seek to create a learning environment whereby geographically distant participants are connected synchronously so as to share their research and creative work, forming a global constellation of Black consciousness.