Originally submitted as an academic paper for the winter graduate seminar in design at the University of Washington

A few weeks ago, I went down the rabbit-hole of watching old Saturday Night Live videos. I came across this hilarious digital short about an Amazon Echo that could cater towards the nonsensical requests of the senior population. After I wiped the tears from my eyes and stopped chuckling, it hit me: the writers and actors in this sketch could actually be proficient designers. Even though it was outrageous, the level of creativity put into this speculative Echo was impressive. So, I searched for more sketches of product spoofs; the more I found, the more I was convinced of the…


This piece was originally submitted as an academic paper for the graduate seminar in design at the University of Washington.

We are aware of the critical nature of shadows — they create natural depth, help us understand perspective, and define spatial relationships. But how often do we stop to recognize their vital nature? For a long time there have been shadows in the design industry, enriching the space with their depth and vitality but critically under-appreciated. These so-called shadows have been black designers. While monumental in the field, recognition of their contributions has been criminally muted throughout history. …

Julian Body

Designer, UW Master’s Student

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