San Francisco Design Week stands with our Black colleagues and community who are facing and overcoming challenges during this time.
Collectively, we need to do better and take action to help our fellow citizens who face social injustice. While we don’t have the answers, we realize we have an opportunity: at its core, San Francisco Design Week is a platform for the voices of our community.
We are about to convene online with thousands of talented individuals who are all passionate about design—to harness the power of
design to do better. It’s an opportunity to come together, participate in honest discussions, and work together towards a better future
We don’t have all the answers, yet this is a start
With the continued lack of equity in our society and acts of violence and racism against Black citizens with the state-sanctioned murders of George Floyd, Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, Michael Brown, Stephon Clark, as a community we still have significant work to do. We’ve taken some time to pause and look closely at our own practices to be more intentional in supporting our Black design community. While we’ve taken actions to make sure more Black designers voices are heard, we recognize it’s still falling short and are working to resolve this by reaching out to designers who we don’t hear from enough. Beyond this, there are still many areas where we can do better. For one, we intend to strengthen our guidelines for Community Organizer participation in the festival to make sure events on our website are more inclusive and represent more Black voices. We acknowledge these shortcomings and will continue to evolve SF Design Week as a platform for all the voices of our community.
When promoting your event or SF Design Week
It’s not too late to elevate the voices of our Black community by making space on your speaker list
We continue to offer free tickets to those in marginalized or underserved communities sponsored by Google
Donate to organizations doing important work
Take some time to unlearn today
Read her Medium post on why Black Lives Matter is Not a Design Challenge
Let’s do better
On behalf of the SF Design Week Team, we look forward to
welcoming you next week.