Revision Path

Revision Path

This is Revision Path — an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Each week, host Maurice Cherry interviews these creators about their work, their goals, what inspires them, and much more. First podcast in the Smithsonian NMAAHC.

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May 16, 2022 49 min

I was introduced last year to Dr. Kenya Oduor through a Tech Circus panel we both participated in, and I’m really glad to have her on the show now so she can share her brilliance with you all! She is a human-centered designer, researcher, and strategist, and also runs her own consulting and staffing firm Lean Geeks. Very impressive!

We dove right in and talked about her increased focus at this stage of her career, and from there we ...

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It’s no secret that the tech industry has weathered the last few years better than a lot of others, and many people are trying to ditch their current jobs and start their careers in tech for big opportunities (and even bigger salaries). But working for companies like Google and Microsoft take more than just talent — it takes the helpful hands and heart of this week’s guest, Anthony D. Mays. As the founder of tech career coaching fi...

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May 2, 2022 77 min

We're off to the Caribbean this week to talk with the incredibly talented Ayrïd Chandler. Ayrïd is the head of her own studio, Ayrïd by Design, where she offers graphic design services with a focus on brand and identity design. She also teaches at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, where she's helping to educate and inspire Trinidad and Tobago's next generation of designers.

Ayrïd starts off talking abou...

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April 25, 2022 53 min

It takes a lot of hard work and determination to be a successful entrepreneur, and sometimes, you can lose yourself in your path to success. But not Monique Jenkins! As the CEO of J.kins Creative, Monique bolsters the successes of Black and brown entrepreneurs by creating holistic brand identities with thought leaders who deserve to leave their mark upon the world. And she does it be being the best person for the job -- herself!

Mon...

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April 18, 2022 57 min

If you've been a regular reader of The New Yorker magazine, then you may already be familiar with this week's guest, Liz Montague. (But if you're not, then this conversation is a perfect introduction!) Liz is the first Black woman to have a cartoon featured in The New Yorker, and now she's an author with her first book set to hit bookstores everywhere in the Fall. Everything's coming up Liz!

Our conversation begi...

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April 11, 2022 55 min

With over 220 million worldwide subscribers across over 190 countries, it's hard to imagine pop culture without the media juggernaut that we know as Netflix. But how do they manage to distribute and create so much, while also maintaining a top-class user experience for so many people? It's thanks to geniuses like this week's guest -- Husani Oakley.

Husani talked about stepping into his role as Director of Creative Practi...

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April 4, 2022 90 min

If Austin, Texas had a contest for "Hometown Design Hero", I think Russell Toynes would definitely win the grand prize! Russell is the founder and creative director of Studio Dzo, a multi-disciplinary design-build studio that works with developers, architects, interior designers, and other business owners to elevate their work and help bring it to life. On top of that, he's also an adjunct professor covering portfolio d...

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March 28, 2022 53 min

Can you believe we're almost a quarter of the way through 2022 already? I think now might be a perfect time for a creative tune-up, and this week's guest is a true instigator of inspiration -- Kevin Carroll. As a founder, author, and public speaker, Kevin's words and his work have influenced hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to tap into their creativity and accomplish epic tasks.

Our conversation touches...

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March 21, 2022 57 min

Running your own design studio is no small feat, but design professionals like Rob Martin make it look easy. As the founder and creative principal of Majorminor, he and his team have done branding and digital work for a number of clients for over a decade, including ICA, Complex, and Sony. On top of that, Rob is a talented musician and producer who goes by the name RCA. That guitar you see in the photo ain't just for show!

We st...

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March 14, 2022 56 min

With a name like Magnus Atom, I had a feeling I was going to be talking with someone extraordinary. This award-winning motion graphics designer and commercial artist has an impressive roster of clients, including Headspace, Viceland, Playboy, MTV, and Lil Uzi Vert. On top of that, he recently received a coveted Young Guns award! Very impressive!

I caught up with Magnus a few months after his win, and he talked about working as an an...

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March 7, 2022 62 min

It's no secret that stories from comic books and graphic novels have dominated the pop culture landscape since the early 2000s. However, the heroes in those stories that you see often don't represent the true diversity out there in the real world. That's where Manuel Godoy comes in. As the CEO of Black Sands Entertainment, he is the engine behind one of the most exciting and barrier-braking publishing houses in the nati...

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February 28, 2022 75 min

It's our anniversary! For this special episode, I dug way back in the archives and talked to one of our early guests, Joe Blau. He was a software engineer then, but seven years have passed, and now he's an angel investor and the founder and CEO of his own company -- Atomize.

We started chatting about the past seven years, and Joe talked about his time working for Uber and how that experience got him involved in crypto. We al...

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February 21, 2022 60 min

Azeez Alli-Balogun came highly recommended by several former guests, so I knew that a great conversation was going to happen. Azeez currently works as a lead product designer on the globalization team at Netflix, and he's also a co-founder of Design to Divest. But if you think that's all there is to Azeez's story, then think again!

We started off with a quick 2022 check-in, and then he talked about his plan to work on mo...

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February 14, 2022 60 min

If you're in the know about the DC design scene, then this week's guest probably needs no introduction. Reece Quiñones is a force for good when it comes to design, whether it's in her role at The Hatcher Group as executive VP and creative director, or by teaching the next generation of designers as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. And she doesn't stop there!

Reece talked to me about an average day for...

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February 7, 2022 50 min

February is our anniversary month, and we're kicking things off with an interview with design educator and researcher Omari Souza. Longtime listeners of the show may remember Omari's first appearance on Revision Path back in 2017, and let me tell you, a lot has changed in four years!

We start off talking about Omari's latest venture, the State of Black Design conference, and he went into the ins and outs of organizing it...

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January 31, 2022 61 min

After years of asking questions to designers and developers all over the world, now I'm in the hot seat! For this special mailbag episode, I answer your questions about Revision Path that you sent in from our website and via social media. (And I have to say, you all definitely asked me some hard questions!)

How long does it take to put together a podcast episode, and have I ever had to take an episode down? What happened to our ...

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January 24, 2022 67 min

We're headed to the Great White North this week to meet someone that I learned about while doing a deep dive on Nigerian artists. Emmanuel Nwogbo is a visual artist based out of Montréal, and to me, his work reminds me so much of the creativity and fun that design can create.

We chatted right around his first anniversary of moving to Canada, and we discussed his day job as a graphic designer, and how his passion for the arts ins...

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January 17, 2022 49 min

In the early 90s, there was this show on ABC called Phenom about a tennis prodigy. If Hollywood were to reboot that for the digital age, Xalavier Nelson Jr. would no doubt be the star of the show. His body of work rivals those of people in the gaming industry for decades!

We kicked off our conversation talking about his studio, Strange Scaffold, and he spoke about several of the games he's either worked on or created, including ...

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January 10, 2022 72 min

If you've been a longtime listener of Revision Path, then you probably already recognize this week's guest, Harrison Wheeler. Along with being a senior design manager at LinkedIn, he's also a podcaster with his own show called Technically Speaking. (And I've been a guest twice!)

Our conversation started off with a peek into life at LinkedIn, and he talked about working and managing remotely, as well as about how he&#...

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January 3, 2022 52 min

The introduction of the metaverse to the general public was one of the biggest topics in tech last year. As we all learn more about the metaverse and what it means for the future of the Internet, I thought it would be a fantastic idea this year to talk with some of the folks out there who are involved with the metaverse in some capacity.

Meet Charlene Atlas, an interaction designer for undoubtedly one of the biggest companies to sta...

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