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Diversity in Design

About DID

What is DID

The Diversity in Design collaborative (DID) is a group of companies and industry partners that recognize that diversity is our greatest creative advantage. Our central area of focus as we launch is to address the lack of Black creatives in design through education, internships, and career support.

Opportunities for Impact

DID creates an opportunity to collaborate, in part through collective actions including:

  • 01

    Identifying and developing opportunities for collaboration to promote awareness and access for youth interested in design, empowering them to pursue design as a career path.

  • 02

    Increasing opportunities for students interested in design to gain experience, make connections, and thrive. Companies will support awareness-of and encouragement-to-pursue design education.

  • 03

    Providing increased opportunities for emerging designers, from internships and mentorships to professional development.


  • 2x4
  • Architecture + Information
  • Adobe
  • Aruliden
  • Camron
  • Civilization
  • Dropbox
  • Fossil Group
  • fuseproject
  • Gap
  • Herman Miller Group
  • Knoll Inc.
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Pentagram
  • Stamen Design
  • Studio O+A
  • The Freeman Company
  • Wolff Olins
  • Work & Co

About the illustrations

It’s common knowledge who invented the printing press—but what of some of the everyday necessities that often go overlooked?

These are just a few of the practical inventions introduced to the world by Black designers:

  • Osbourn Dorsey invented the doorknob in 1878
  • Garrett Morgan invented the traffic signal in 1923
  • Joseph R. Winters invented the fire escape ladder in 1878
  • P. Downing invented the mailbox in 1891
  • J.L. Love invented the pencil sharpener in 1897