Washington, DC -- The Organization of Black Designers has been chosen by I. D. magazine as one of the I.D. Forty, its annual list of the top forty innovators in design — those on the leading edge of design. Chee Pearlman, editor of I.D. states, "The I.D. Forty underscores the diversity and depth of the design professions, spotlighting practitioners whose convictions and experiments invigorate the entire industry. The I.D. Forty casts its net across the U.S., catching the first waves of the creative sea changes ahead."
Shauna Stallworth, executive director and David Rice, chairman of OBD responded to their selection saying, "It is indeed an honor to be recognized by such a respected and prestigious magazine as I.D. We are proud of the contribution that the Organization of Black Designers has begun to make on the American design professions."
OBD is the first national organization dedicated to addressing the unique needs of African-American design professionals and other designers of color. FFounded in 1990, the non-profit organization seeks to educate the design community regarding the contributions of African-American designers; increase the visibility of African-American designers and promote and assist the economic empowerment of African-American designers. OBD currently boasts over 3,500 members.
"Although our main focus is the African-American designer, membership is open to all qualified design professionals regardless of race, gender, or sexual preference," says David Rice OBD chairman and founder. He continued, "Our mission is to enhance and improve the American design professions as a whole by energizing them with creative diversity. OBD is uniting graphic, fashion, interior, and product designers to explore a multitude of subjects in an attempt to position the African-American design community as a growing positive force as we approach the year 2000."
Society-at-large, and specifically the design professions, have not sought to fully nurture the unique cultural perspective and gifts that African-Americans and other people of color can bring to the various design disciplines.
For additional information on the Organization of Black Designers contact:
Bill Brown, Communications Director
300 M Street, SW Suite N110
WWashington, DC 20024
202/659-3918 E-mail: OBDesign@aol.com