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The Black Design Aesthetic              _           
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This month is all about The Black Design Aesthetic! How do you define the Black Design Aesthetic? What comes to mind for you?
Throughout the month, we'll explore this in-depth through reflections, discussions, case studies, articles, an award show, and much more.

AAGD Wednesdays
AAGD Wednesday Live
Wednesday, February 2nd, 7PM Central
Streaming Broadcast with Dave, Terrence & Terri
Catch us live on FB or YouTube

Peer Mentorship Hour
Wednesday, February 9th, 7 PM Central
Free for All | Airmeet

Some intelligent members use mentorship and office hours to craft a custom portfolio finishing curriculum. We thought that was a clever way to use the pieces of AAGD to work for them. Yes, we will encourage you to talk one-on-one with another peer at this event. Yes, you will find out that you're not alone with your creative struggles. Imagine that.
Office Hours with Russell
Wednesday, February 16th, 6 PM Central
Free to AAGD Tribe | Membership site

This month Russell will be hosting office hours. If you want a portfolio or project review, direction, or you need someone to help you step up your game, sign up now!

Black Made Awards Show!
Wednesday, February 23rd, 7 PMCentral
Our First Annual Award Show | Broadcast

AAGD's first annual Black Made Awards design show! BlackMade serves as a stage to showcase and spotlight Black designers, our work, and our voice as we strive toward reclaiming identity and expressing the vision of our people across the spectrum of design. #fortheculture

Please visit BlackMadeAwards for more details.


Leading up to the BlackMade Awards Show, we thought it’d be fun to have a friendly competition. This competition will ask you to leverage your skills as a designer as well as your knowledge of Black flyers.

We’re asking y’all to submit your most fantastic, shiny, outrageous church/frat or soro/Night Club flyers.

Note: This competition is purely for our collective enjoyment. It’s meant to entertain. If you are intending to submit a design that you want taken seriously, this ain’t the competition for you.


The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Reflection & Expression

Is finally here!  The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Reflection, & Expression is an anthology of writings by 70 Black designers, artists, curators, educators, and students.

The AAGD's Article is in Chapter 9: Collective, Radical, and Liberatory Spaces in Design. The title: Forming a liberatory space for Black Creatives is a form of protest, the fulfillment of a promise and the only pathway for unapologetic black creativity.

See what we have to say about our space!

Be sure to grab your copy today! Available Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Bookshop, etc!

How Type Works: A Workshop w/ Tre Seals
Thursday, February 10, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST

Join Tre Seals, founder of Vocal Type Co., for an experimental and hands-on workshop! Leading participants through his process, thinking, and use of typography as a way of learning BIPOC design histories.

State of Black Design 2022 - Family Reunion
March 4th - 6th, 2022

Be sure to add to your calendars, because you don't want to miss out! The State of Black Design Family Reunion, is a 3-day hybrid conference hosted by Texas State University. This event aims to provide networking, development, and career opportunities for young designers, focusing on student designers of color.

May you step into and embrace your aesthetic!

Terrence Moline
Founder + Head Listener


All fresh Illustrations by Chuck Scott
Listening to Hella Dope! 2021 by the man with fresh friends Cameron T. Moore.
You can always have fun with Ashley Green and other AA/Blk Designers on Eff the Glitter.

You got something that wows—fo’ real tho'? Let the group know: