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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.



DID in Detroit: Creating an Inclusive Design Ecosystem

DID hosted a discussion at Detroit Design Core's Month of Design in September 2021. The panel opens by celebrating the pathways into the field by Black creatives and shifts to addressing obstacles faced individually that reflect systemic disparities within the design industry today. Brought to life by DID members, advisors and partners, the panelists brought a wide range of design backgrounds and expertise into dialogue. The conversation elevates personal anecdotes on lived experiences, provides guidance for aspiring young designers, and envisions transformative actions we can all take to make design more accessible to all.

DID thanks College of Creative Studies for its generosity. Media sponsor: Design Milk


DID 2022 Teen Design Fair

The DID 2022 Teen Design Fair will take place on March 18th, 2022 in the City of Detroit, MI. The interactive fair will raise awareness among high school students and activate pathways into a wide range of design professions. At the core of the Fair are hands-on youth-inspired participatory learning activities (from workshops to round tables) with DID design professionals and educators straddling a range of sectors (including architecture and interior design, fashion and apparel, graphics and digital design, industrial design and more).


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

Founding Members

  • 3M Company
  • 50,000feet
  • Airbnb
  • Ammunition
  • Carrier Digital
  • Corgan
  • Emotive Brand
  • HNI Corporation (HBF, Allsteel HON)
  • Johnson & Johnson Design
  • level
  • Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • Rightpoint
  • SOUR
  • The Ronin

Core Members

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