Derrick Whitfield Sr.: The Go-To Graphic Designer Discusses Afrofuturism and the Challenges of Being a Black Designer

Join host Rob Lee as he sits down with Derrick Whitfield Sr., a Navy veteran and go-to graphic designer for unconventional brands. They discuss Derrick's passion for design, his love for comics and pop culture, and how Afrofuturism influences his work. Discover the challenges and rewards of being a black designer in a predominantly white industry, and gain insights into the creative process and the importance of authenticity in branding. 🎙🎨


Episode Highlights:

  • Derrick's introduction and self-perception. [00:02:06] 🌟
  • Recognizing an interest in art and creativity. [00:05:59] 🎨
  • Balancing creativity and a career in the Navy. [00:09:59] ⚓ 
  • The influence of pop culture and Afrofuturism in Derrick's work. [00:20:27] 🌌
  • The value of graphic design in a world of AI and Canva. [00:23:46]💻
  • Collaborating with clients and the importance of authenticity. [00:28:09] 🤝
  • Challenges and rewards of being a black designer. [00:32:09] 🏆
  • Balancing artistic values and business considerations. [00:38:09] 🎭


Key Takeaways:

  • Derrick's journey as a graphic designer was influenced by his love for comics, pop culture, and Afrofuturism. 🚀
  • Authenticity and listening to clients' dreams and visions are crucial in the creative process. 👂🎨
  • Being a black designer in a predominantly white industry comes with challenges, but also offers freedom and the opportunity to make a lasting impact. ✊🌍
  • Collaboration and understanding clients' needs are essential for successful projects. 🤝
  • The value of graphic design goes beyond aesthetics and can help businesses stand out in a competitive market. 💼


Visit Derrick Whitfield Sr.'s website to learn more about his work and how he can help your brand stand out with unconventional graphic design.
Website: whitfielddesignsco.com 🌐

Social Media Links:
Facebook: Whitfield Designs  📘
Instagram: whitfielddesigns 📸
LinkedIn: Derrick Whitfield Sr. 🔗


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Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Derrick Whitfield Sr.
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