Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Despite progress made over the course of AIGA’s 100-year history, especially since its landmark 1991 symposium (“Why is graphic design 93% white?”), there are vast opportunities to support a more diverse audience of design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policy makers.

Recent passionate conversations among AIGA members have catalyzed the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to augment ongoing AIGA programs with new ideas and resources that take a comprehensive approach, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.

Meet the Task Force

Diversity & Inclusion task force members support to the initiative by raising awareness, offering guidance to the organization and its members, and by participating in purposeful dialogues and activities.

Co chairs
Douglas Davis
Douglas Davis
Co chair

Brooklyn-based Douglas Davis enjoys being one of the variety of voices needed in front of and behind the concept. As principal designer of The Davis Group, Douglas offers strategic solutions to client branding problems. As author of Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, Douglas regularly contributes to the design discourse in AppliedArtsmag.com, Midwest Digital Marketing Conference, The European Business Review, HOW Design Live, RGD Design Thinkers and The OneClub Educators Summit. Douglas is Chair of the B.F.A. in Communication Design department at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.

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Phim Her
Phim Her
Co chair

Phim is a Hmong-American refugee. She is a marketing solutions manager at the Washington Post, where she leverages her marketing and creative storytelling expertise to support democracy and the free press. When she is not storyboarding and designing, she is leading workshops, mentoring and connecting creatives, and working on diversity and leadership empowerment initiatives. One of Phim's favorite quotes is: "We must move from talking about the world of design to talking about the design of the world." This is why you will see her talking about politics in a design meeting, and design in a meeting about politics and social impact.

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Join us to:

  • Celebrate a diverse array of influential designers, including historical figures and contemporary role models.
  • Cultivate greater opportunity, awareness of diversity issues, and inclusive design cultures.
  • Connect with students, emerging designers, and like-minded groups to support a broader range of future practitioners and leaders.

Get acclimated

Everyone has to begin somewhere. Begin learning about the Diversity & Inclusion field here.

Looking to delve deeper? Explore the full suite of AIGA Diversity & Inclusion resources, including articles, books, and lists of outside organizations with similar goals.

Get involved

Ready to get involved but wondering where you can jump in? Here are a few programs you can get started with today.

Get inspired

Design Journeys profile series

Celebrate the stories and work of selected practitioners through the Design Journeys profile series, while also inspiring the next generation of young people from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career.


Related content

The “Perspectives across AIGA” video series was made possible with support from Herman Miller.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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