Pick Posters is a sequel project from Pick Progress in partnership with AIGA Kansas City and Babes Helping Babes. For this project, we invited more than 30 black creatives worldwide to design a poster representing a black empowerment phrase from the original Pick Progress series.
We’re excited to partner with two amazing organizations to help bring to life ‘Pick Posters. Despite the variety of awesomeness in this project, we first want Pick Posters to be a space of representation and a signal to show the design world that people of color are ‘out here.’ This series can also aid in the conversations about systemic inclusion problems in design. Essentially, we hope this project accomplishes three core goals: Awareness (recognition of Black artists/designers), Action (facilitating a way to compensate contributing creatives), and Education/History (highlighting the Black experience in design). We believe this is one small but mighty step in making changes to a space we love so much.
For more information about Pick Progress, visit the about page for the first series.
Partners for the Pick Posters project:
John Brown VI
Sandra Mawuto Dotou
Mönika (Nikky) McCormick
Phil “Sike Style” Shafer
AIGA KC is one of the largest chapters of AIGA, the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design – with more than 70 chapters and more than 15,000 members. It advocates for a greater understanding of the value of design and designers in government, business and media. AIGA inspires designers and the public by sharing the most exciting design work and engaging in thoughtful, provocative discussions on pressing issues.
Mönika (Nikky) McCormick
And the rest of the 2022 -2023 AIGA KC Board Members
Babes Helpin’ Babes (BHB) is the creative industry’s go-to consultancy for illuminating and addressing problems of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Working with both company leadership and employees, BHB facilitates uncomfortable conversations around DEI through moderated company-wide classes, coaching, and consulting.
“Advertising agencies lack significant racial diversity, which should come as a shock to no one. Pick Progress highlights the DEI issues that have long plagued our industry while shedding light on the unique experiences of Black creatives. I’m excited for the conversations that will come out this month and I hope it can act as a catalyst for reflection and change as companies continue to make necessary DEI changes.” -Abby Kallenbach, Founder of Babes Helpin’ Babes
And, while the majority of U.S. industries struggle with diversity, equity, and inclusion, the creative industry is where our expertise and passion lie.
Batsheba Castro Martinez