Equality by Mönika (Nikky) McCormick

Day 6 — Poster posted on February 5, 2023

Mönika (Nikky) McCormick

Pronouns: she/her
Located: Overland Park, KS

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a graphic designer with more than 14 years of experience. That, in combination with being a licensed cosmetologist and interior designer.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

I wanted a show the challenge we face to be equal. It can be messy and complicated, but we should always be in a work of progress.

Why do you love being creative?

Being a creative allow me to be able to express my thoughts and feelings. Design is my muse. It is my five-star spa. Without it, my world would be black-and-white.

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

Since I’ve been in the creative industry I have struggled to find others like me. I attended a design school whereas I was the 2% in the room. I often wondered if I had to stay neutral because my work my not be understood or accepted. The black creative industry need some work, we need to grow and become inclusive in this industry.

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

I believe if we included more projects like the “pick progress” that focuses on black creatives and designs. In addition, we need networking events and art shows to gain interest in the black community.

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

Putting people first! Start by strengthening our community & giving back to diverse workplaces and supporting diverse people.

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