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15 BIPOC Brand and Design Experts You Should Be Following

The world of brand and design has long been dominated by white professionals. While there is so much work to do to actively fight racism, one way we can show up is by supporting and uplifting the work of people of color.  

We want to celebrate diversity in design and branding by showcasing some of the most talented BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) people in the industry.  Below is a list of 15 designers and brand strategists from around the world that you should definitely be following.

1. Reyna Noriega

Reyna Noriega is an Afro-Latina visual artist, author, and educator. She specializes in illustrations, brand packaging, hand-designed logos, and more. Her work is rooted in her culture and experience as a woman of color.

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Editorial piece for @theotherartgirl as well as my first international client a little while back 🤩 she writes about WOC in London’s art scene as well as the world. WOC taking up space in the art world is a topic i will always be here for and as Addy said, i hope we continue to break barriers until our work doesn’t need to be classified by our race or gender but just the caliber of work. For now we need to continue creating, continue amplifying each other’s voices. *no i can’t sell this print or licence it because it is client work and not personal work. I know, i know i love it too & I’m so sorry in advance lol

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2. Alexandra Dumebi

Alexandra Dumebi is a graphic designer and artist. She offers brand design, website design, and content creation services. Her mission is to help small business entrepreneurs tell their stories and show their true identities through the form of visual design.

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Minimal with meaning ✨⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ Logo set for @_skinnglow

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3. Sophia Yeshi

Sophia Yeshi is an illustrator and designer in Brooklyn, New York. Her design approach aims to highlight black women, women of color, and folks in the LGBTQ+ community of all shapes and sizes. Yeshi offers brand design services, her work is vibrant, colorful, and inclusive.

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When I first moved to New York, I felt like a fish out of water. I didn’t know a lot of people, I wasn’t confident I could freelance successfully, and I wasn’t sure where to focus my business. My friend @left_thigh sent me a mentorship program and I applied, thinking I probably wouldn’t get in. Thanks to @routes_in and @sohohouse, I’ve been mentored by @alexliljebladh for the past few months and I’ve gained an amazing community of mentees. The growth I’ve seen in myself since starting this program has been greater than I could have ever imagined. We’re having a digital showcase to wrap up the program and you all are invited! Join us from 4-7 PM EST on Saturday June 20 for a range of topics from a group of diverse creatives. There’s a link in my bio to RVSP. I’ll be discussing how authenticity has led me to discover my voice, focus on my audience, and achieve my goals. Flyer & splash page design by me!

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4. Nakita M. Pope

Branding Chics is a boutique design agency based out of Atlanta. Chief Chic, Nakita M Pope, is a brand strategist for women-owned businesses and femme-focused brands. She has 20 years of experience as an art director, brand manager, and graphic designer and has worked on a range of professional brands!

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Graphic Design USA Magazine's 2020 People to Watch I'm celebrating today! To be recognized by the design community I love and a publication I respect is such an honor. I love this work, my clients and the other creatives I get to collaborate with and mentor. #2020peopletowatch #design #graphicdesign #creativepreneur #designer #designstudio #designeveryday #designthinking #designers #calledtobecreative #creativeprocess #creativesofcolor #creativementor

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5. JP Designs Art

JP Designs Art is a black-owned full-service design studio. They produce logos, websites, flyers, posters, packages, and more, centered in faith-based initiatives.

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This is one of my favorite packaging designs. The magic is in the details. I remember going on google maps and going street by street in 3D view throughout Macon in search of landmarks that I could crop and incorporate into the artwork. Macon being home for @charleskingofficial it was important to bring those elements in. Thanks Charles for including us in this journey and @mrhannon for making the connection. #FlashbackFriday

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6. Carly Bell

Carly Bell is a freelance brand designer is that is all about helping businesses create eye-catching visuals and bringing your brand to life. She focuses on visual identity, website design, and graphic design and loves working with enthusiastic and fearless entrepreneurs.

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Time for a mid-day pick me up! My favorite coffee this week is Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce. Let me know your favorite in the comments, it’s almost time for me to make a store run. #coffee #starbucks #freelancedesigner #illustration #illustrator #createsomething #becreative #digitalart #ipadprolettering #blackcreative #blackcreatorsmatter #blackdesigner #blackdesigners #blackwomenindesign

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7. StudioShe

StudioShe is all about building high-end intentional brands for black women and LGBTQI+ owned businesses. This colorful branding agency is focused on helping businesses tell their story through brand design, website design, brand assets, and brand direction.

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Oh hey there! It’s been a while!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ So we got some Moodboard Love for ya on this fine Monday! We created this one for @thepeopleconnect’s rebrand. The goal was to feel corporate, clean with sprinkle of sass and lots of creative energy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I think we nailed it, do you?⁣⁣ ⁣.⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #moodboardmonday #blackownedbusiness #creativeagency #blackgraphicdesigner

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8. Sumesh A K

Sumesh is the founder of BrandMills Studios, which specializes in brand identities, video creation, and website design. Based out of Kochi, India, Sumesh wanted to use his passion for design to help startups and entrepreneurs tell their brand story.

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'Unica' is the logo done for the Building of an Architectural Company. The client had some specific requirements: A typography based logo with a geometrical element in it and a pattern designed using the same geometrical element. Based on the pattern, the client would be constructing the walls of the building. It was a really great experience working on this one. Hope you will like it too. – – – – – #architecture #geometry #triangle #pattern #logo #logodesign #logodesigner #logoinspirations #logoinspiration #logogrid #logodesignlove #logoexcellent #logodaily #minimallogo #thedesigntalks #logonew #logopose #logoroom #learnlogodesign #logodesigner #logodesign #minimal #logo #branding #monogramexplorations #logoprocess #logoramia #logos #logobook #logoawesome @logodesignersclub @logodesignlovers @logodesignershub @mylogoinspiration @logoinspirations @behance

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9. Eman Elian

Based out of Cairo, Egypt, Eman Elian is a passionate graphic designer who focuses on branding and illustrative art. After graduating from MSA University, she has grown her skills working as a graphic designer for numerous companies until finally ending up at BrandWorx.

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Yay! Finally the latest project; Sorouh | Brand Identity Link in bio. #graphicdesign #logodesign #branddevelopment #Branding #BrandIdentity #thebrandingcollective #welovebranding #Bauhaus #quarantineproductivity

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10. Design De Plume

Since 2009, Design de Plume has focused on creating inclusive, approachable, and accessible design solutions. This women-led, Indigenously-owned design firm uses their experience and cultural background to create effective communication pieces for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit organizations across Canada.

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New branding for @drumbeatradio, CKFF 104.1. Kebaowek First Nation’s community radio station. DDP was involved in creating the brand, website and developing a variety of print materials and promotional items. Stay tuned to see more! #DDPPortfolio #indigenous #branding #logoinspo #logo #colourlovers #brandedmaterial #vehiclewrap #advertising #swag #stickers

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11. Mohamed Samir

Mohamed Samir is a multidisciplinary designer. He started as an Engineer and a freelance designer before becoming head of design for a local startup in Egypt. His clients include Nike’s biggest store in Dubai, Fast Company, Pepsi, Mars, and more. He currently works at Apple, but you can follow his trendy design style on Instagram, or Behance.

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Crazy days – Crazy TOMATO! طماطم 🍅😃 From my archive – The work for @lays with the team at BBDO 4 years ago. Street Art / Graffiti style for their packs! (Inspired by the Egyptian Market) Design by @mohamedsamirdesign #typeverthing #typetopia #typespire #typegang #goodtype #typography #mohamedsamirdesign #36daysoftype #visualgraphc #TDKpeepshow #eyeondesign #arabic #reposter #itsnicethat #mindsparklemag #geometricart #graphicdesign #calligraphy #graffiti #arabictypography #typographyinspired #typism #isometric #procreate #thedailytype #typeart #typographie #design #typedesign

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12. Stormy Nesbit

Stormy produces a wide variety of brand-related assets, from logos to flyers, social media illustrations, podcast art and more! Residing in Minnesota, Stormy has a Master’s in visual communication design from Arizona State University. She sells her art through her website, which you can check out here.

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I want to thank all of you for being so supportive. The wait is over 💛⁣ ⁣ Restocked some old and added some new 🤩 ⁣ ⁣ This will be my last restock for my spring collection. 😢 Gotta make room for new creativity and products 🥰

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13. Luis Pinto

Luis is a Mexican graphic designer and artist based in Guatemala. He has won a slew of awards for his vibrant and incredibly detailed graphic design work. His clients include Google, Easy Jet, and Don Julio. Follow along on Instagram or check out his colorful portfolio here!

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I present you this artwork that I did for @donjuliotequila “For Those Who Know” campaign celebrating “Día de Muertos”💀🇲🇽. I had a great time doing this piece specially because I could include “Pan de Muerto” + Agaves as some of the graphic elements for Don Julio’s ofrenda. The ad campaign was created by @anomaly New York and introduces an exciting and vibrant new approach influenced by Mexican culture, showcasing the genuine, rich culture of Tequila Don Julio’s birthplace. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ #illustration #forthosewhoknow #mexico #adillustration #illustrationartists #illustragram #luispinto #tequiladonjulio #diademuertos

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14. Nisha K Sethi

Nisha Kaur Sethi is an artist and designer based in San Francisco. Her work is centered in social justice and activism, but you can also find examples of out-of-the-box branding for restaurants, and e-commerce platforms on her diverse portfolio. We love her mixed medium approach.

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RESIST ✊🏽 #printmaking #resist #neon

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15. Adolfo Correa

Adolfo Correa is a Chilean graphic designer who specializes in branding, packaging, motion design, film,  editorial, typography, and more! His clients include Nike, Game of Thrones, Playstation, and Mercedez Benz! Adolfo’s work is untamed, intense, and brilliant. You can follow him on Instagram or check out his incredible portfolio here

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Hace un tiempo soñé que @jbalvin me mandaba un dm para hacerle un arte 😅 y como me gusta hacerle caso a los sueños, había hecho esta imagen inspirada en su último disco colores. No la pensaba postear aún pero como salió el nuevo video de azul y justo mi lustración tenía el cabello de ese color… pues bien aquí va 🤚🏻🦋 . . . . . . . . . #jbalvin #colores #azul #jbalvinofficial #jbalvinmusic #jbalvincolores #jbalvinfans @jbalvinmerch #jbalvin⚡#illustration #vectorart #reggaeton #reggaetonmusic #latinmusic #digitalart #jbalvinofficial #featuring_art #arts_helps #hallazgosemanal #artist_4_shoutout #illustrationartists #illustrationage #artdiscover #yorokobu #graphicgang #designarf #staffpicktop #colors #picame #etapes #idnmagazine #aiga

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