Lift Every Voice by Courtney Chase

Day 18 — Poster posted on February 17, 2023

Courtney Chase

Pronouns: she/her
Located: DMV

Tell us about yourself:

Courtney is a multi-disciplinary designer, educator and creative from PG County Maryland. She is the founder of CC Creative Studio, where she practices her love of art and design. With more than five years of experience, Courtney is a skilled designer who has worked primarily in marketing and advertising, with a variety of partners from small businesses, government agencies, as well as brands like Google, Meta and Nike.

As a proud graduate alumni, Courtney now teaches design courses at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland. She also keeps busy with Odd Charm, an online boutique for lovers of handmade jewelry, vintage wearables and goods.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

I wanted to re-visualize this historic black anthem in a different way, I preferred to explore visual language that was emotionally engaging. These words, “lift every voice,” are affirmative and powerful, yet reveal dark and humbling tales of the past. The past and the future, both share a mystique energy that bring endless ideas into question. This poster aims to exhibit similar sentiments of curiosity, fear, uncertainty, hope, as well as other emotions that may come up for viewers. The style I used has minimalist and surrealist qualities, through use of color, texture, and juxtaposition.

Why do you love being creative?

I love being creative because it’s freeing, it allows me to play. It also gives me the opportunity to surprise myself which is exciting!

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

Seen, yet unseen. Almost like a spectacle even, at times. While I’ve had an abundance of success and fulfillment on my journey thus far, moments of isolation in various spaces often still occur. Although, as a black educator I really enjoy affirming black/brown design students with my leadership in the classroom.

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

Teach black children about the power of design.

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

Build community.

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