We Design

People. Practice. Progress.

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” — Marian Wright Edelman

We Design: People. Practice. Progress. is an exhibition program designed to inspire young adults, particularly women and those from historically underinvested communities of color, to explore careers in creative industries. The program explores reasons for the lack of racial and gender diversity in the creative industries through quantitative and qualitative data visualizations. The exhibitions also features a significant group of people of various ages, genders, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and identities — showcasing their unique career paths through stories, photos, and videos, along with artifacts and examples of their professional work from their careers. The program also includes events for young adults, their parents, and professionals to learn about these creative careers.

We Design is now an online exhibition! 

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86% of graphic designers are white.

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2% of licensed architects are Black.

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25% of firm leaders are women.

We can do better.

We Design is available for touring. Interested in bringing this exhibition to your community? Contact us

Supported By

The Deborah Munroe Noonan
Memorial Fund

Design Museum is really walking the talk with this exhibition. This is the most diverse group of people I’ve ever worked with.”
Trish Fontanilla, We Design Content Advisory Committee Member

What an opportunity to be intentional about making sure design is as diverse as possible!”
Dr. Darnell L. Williams, President/CEO, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

This program is an incredible opportunity to inspire the next generation of creatives.”
Stephanie Shore, Chief Marketing Officer, MOO

OUR PROCESS

To develop this exhibition, our team first formed a committee of advisors in the field made up of experts in design, art, education, career development, human resources, among others. This group of advisors helped us form partnerships and invite individuals, organizations, and more to get involved to share their stories.