Hope by Audriana Gibson

Day 25 — Poster posted on February 24, 2024

Audriana Gibson

Pronouns: she/her
Located: Philadelphia, PA

Tell us about yourself:

I’d self describe myself as an aspirational graphic designer and artist bogged down by regular 9-5’s. On a mission to find joy in this capitalist society and pay the bills while being black and doing what I love.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

I’ve always been fascinated by the extraterrestrial and their connection to the struggle of black people’s attempts at finding/building their identity in America. Two groups of “people” displaced but forced to survive in an unfamiliar, fairly hostile environment. What if we could communicate with the above and travel to a new world or utopia where we truthfully could find comfort and ultimate belonging? To communicate these ideas I was heavily inspired by The X File’s “I Want to Believe” poster. Straightforward in its message to inspire hope in the belief of UFO’s, I wanted to encourage the message of “Hope” for a better, reimagined world for black folks.

Why do you love being creative?

I love being creative because it forces me to critically think through situations, not accept certain things at face value, and provides a healthy outlet for the emotional rollercoaster of being alive. Being creative gives me joy because it allows me the opportunity to consistently improve, constantly learn, and connect with people I never thought I would.

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

My experience in the design world has been one of constant searching for the black faces and names in the crowds of foundational methods and popular techniques in the design world. While I have been fortunate to connect with black designers and artists thanks to social media, I tire of reading about the droves of white designers who have seemingly provided foundational knowledge concerning Artistry and graphic design. This leads to the inevitable but ever present imposter syndrome when applying for positions or sharing my work that I “hope” to overcome in the near future.

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

Providing credit and truthfully acknowledging the contributions/impact that black culture, artists, and designers have had on the design world is what I believe to be the first step. While I don’t claim to be an expert, proper exposure to those who have paved the way and how; is an important aspect to creating more inclusivity and awareness overall.

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

It may seem superficial to answer with the words of Beyonce’s Husband, “Keep showing up, until they give you the accolades you feel you deserve”, however it is a step that an individual can dictate. Self belief is essential (or faking it until you make it) and continuing to believe in those next to us will hopefully lead to a more equitable future.

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