Black Fist by Barri Jones

Day 32 — Poster posted on March 6, 2024 (Extra Innings)

Barri Jones

Located: Atlanta, GA
Pronouns: She/Her

Tell us about yourself:

Barri Jones/Darkerberry Designs is a freelance graphic designer and artist that transcends the ordinary. I have a passion that lies in crafting vibrant designs and unique artwork that pushes beyond the norm.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

My inspiration is based on the song by Roy Ayers, “Red, Black and Green,” using the lyrics to fuel the theme of “Black Fist” and to push forth the notion of pan-africanism.

Why do you love being creative?

I’ve always been creative; it’s in my veins. It is all in the fabric of my being. It brings me joy to express myself in my own special way.

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

Being black in the design world has been interesting but rewarding. It has been hard to get into the larger spaces, but learning more about how black people influence design has helped me be more confident in my art/designs. Going to an HBCU to get my art degree helped me realize all the possibilities I had to be a black designer and how I could be successful in that.

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

By putting black people at the forefront of the conversation in art. So many times in mainstream art and design spaces, Black people aren’t talked about or represented, and I think that shouldn’t be the case since black people influence all art.

In general… How can we make more equity or equality for us?

To focus only on the elevation of Black people in all aspects.

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