State of Black Design Conference

March 4-6th, 2022

State of Black Design

Family Reunion.


San Marcos: “The State of Black Design,” a groundbreaking conference and career fair to increase employment of Black designers, will be held March 4 to 6 at Texas State University and online. Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni and journalist Jelani Cobb are among the conference’s dozens of speakers and presenters. During the career fair, jobseekers will interview with recruiters from firms, such as Google, IBM and Microsoft and Cisco. 

The conference is in its third year and attracts leading Black designers, educators, activists, recruiters, and students nationwide.  Its panels and workshops will explore design diversity, best practices, and design activism.  More than 1,000 participants are expected. This year’s theme is “Family Reunion” to mark the first time the conference will allow some in person attendance.



Black graphic with white and red text: "Family Reunion"


The State of Black Design Family Reunion is A three-day hybrid conference hosted by Texas State University. This event aims to provide networking, development, and career opportunities for young designers, focusing on student designers of color.

Career Fair

Seeking a job? Recruiting for a design firm?

Why Black Design?

Despite the growing number of minority students entering college, they are not reflected in design-related fields. This conference will link equitable design ideals with real action.