10ft Deep —

The intention of this newsletter (roughly each week) is to ignite curiosity that inspires a personal dive into design and creativity in a low-pressure digital space.

But not every human has the margin, safety, or freedom for this basic human experience. And that's just one tiny example of what needs to change.

There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now, and remaining silent in a world where racism still exists is not an option. 

I'm no expert in this subject matter–and far from being perfect at this (especially as an introvert who avoids conflict). But one area I do know well is graphic design. And like every other 'pay-to-play' industry out there, this is one seriously white industry. And it's time we do better.

This platform is extremely humble in size and scope, but it's one avenue I've got. A lot of you reading this right now are also white like me, and I plead that these resources help you take action in your own journey wherever you are.

This movement is not a trend, and would love to receive any additional resources (design related or not) you'd like to share that continues the conversation and action.


The First Time I Realized I Was Black
A series of testimonies from celebrities being asked the question; "when was the first realization that being black affected how people treated you." 
Blacks Who Design
Highlighting all of the inspiring Black designers in the industry. The goal is to inspire new designers, encourage people to diversify their feeds, and discover amazing individuals to join your team. If you're a black designer, this site's for you.
Vocal Type Co
Nearly 84% of the designers in America are white. This type foundry founded by Tré Seals aims to break the lack of diversity in thought, systems, ideas, and, most importantly, creations.

Buried Treasures

Colors of the World
↳ Crayons
Twenty four new specially formulated crayons representing more than forty global skin tones.
Black Owned Biz
↳ Directory
Shifting your ecommerce decisions is one way to step up. This article is a great place to start.

Deeper Dive

Anit-Racism Resources
Rachel Ricketts' carefully curated list of anti-racism + racial justice minded resources to help all hue-mans in the quest to dismantle racist patriarchy.

by benjonstn

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"I want to be a scuba diver beneath the world of speed boats."
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