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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

Join the Diversity in Design (DID) Collaborative along with a special panel of collaborators and Detroit community members for an engaging discussion as we explore issues around lack of diversity in the design industry—specifically the underrepresentation of Black creatives.

This will be an open conversation about how the DID Collaborative is working on developing means to increase the representation of Black creatives in the design industry from awareness at the high school level to equity in college programming to transforming the systems for recruitment and retention of Black designers across their careers.

A group of panelists including Forest Young, Global Brand Design - Rivian, D’Wayne Edwards, Founder of PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, Jasmine Stein, Associate Director of Strategy – 2X4, and Yocasta Lachapelle-Sawney, Director of Talent - COLLINS, with informed perspectives, moderated by Todd Palmer, Director of Diversity In Design, will come together to explore ways the Collaborative can profoundly transform the status quo across design industries.

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 in March 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
  • 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