The We Design Issue | Special Issue

Design Museum Magazine Issue 024

Celebrate the identities of designers and their creative processes.
Design in Government Issue on a yellow background

Published January 2023

Language: English

220 Pages


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The Winter 2023 We Design Issue features a selection of design stories from We Design, a series of programs by and for women, gender-expansive, and BIPOC designers. The program includes exhibitions, conversation cards, and a special Design Museum Magazine double issue!

The We Design Issue highlights leaders in the design field that refuse the confines of white supremacy and are creating innovative products and strategies at the forefront of contemporary design. The issue is edited by Leila Mitchell, founder of LLM Design, and J.R. Uretsky, Exhibitions Manager at Design Museum Everywhere. Designed by LLM Design in Boston, MA, this special issue features an introduction by Urbanist and Storyteller Journee Harris.

The We Design Issue is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Deborah Monroe Noonan Memorial Fund, Coforma, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and LLM Design.
  • Architecture That Impacts Community and a Community That Impacts Architecture by Nicholas Xavier Fernandes
  • Love Sourcing: Finding Sustainability Through the Intangible by Bakari Akinyele
  • Mindful Feedback by Catherine Clarke
  • Leveraging Design Through Leadership by Humaira Tasneem
  • Nails for an Invisible City: On Invisibility, Disability, and Design by Emerson Goo
  • Public Art & Community by Kendra Roberts
  • Straddling the Seesaw by Susan Piedmont-Palladino
Interviews with:
  • Rachel Smith, Freelance Editor and Content Designer
  • Candy Chang, Artist
  • George Aye, Founding Partner at Greater Good Studio
  • Dewayne Dale Jr., Footwear Designer
  • De Nichols, Senior UX Researcher at YouTube, author, and artist
  • Suenn Ho, Urban Designer
Featured Profiles:
  • Gabrielle Bullock, Principal, Director of Global Diversity at Perkins & Will
  • Alex Dang, Advanced Exterior Designer
  • Angela Medlin, Founder and Director, The Functional Apparel and Accessories Studio (FAAS) at PENSOLE x PNCA
  • Precious Bugarin, Senior Instructor School of Art + Design Portland State University Graphic Design Program
  • Oen Michael Hammonds, IBM Design Principal
  • Phil Freelon, Design Director of the North Carolina practice of Perkins and Will
  • Fan Bi, Co- Founder of Blank Label
  • Elyse Ayoung, Interior Designer at Gensler
  • Fady Saad, Co-founder and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at MassRobotics
  • Tonie Esteban, Associate Principal at BRIC Architecture
  • Fonz Morris, Lead Product Designer, Global Conversion at Netflix
  • Clint Ramos, Costume Designer and Creative Producer
  • Taniya Nayak, Interior Designer and Founder of Taniya Nayak Design
  • MegZany, Graffiti Artist
Case Studies:
  • Shannon Maldonado, Yowie
  • Modjossorica (Rica) Elysee-Ndiaye, Beauty Lynk
  • Maria Molteni, New Craft Artists in Action
  • Saba Ghole, Nuvu Studio
  • Noèl Puèllo Design
  • Marli Washington, GC2B
  • Liz Obgu, Studio O
  • Ade Hassan, Nubian Skin
  • Pascale Sablan, Beyond the Built Environment
  • Lani Asuncion, Duty Free Paradise
  • Bless Mazarura, ΛRMY OF LUV

The We Design Issue is now available; order your copy today!