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7 July, 2021

Guest: Dr. Cheryl D. Miller
2021 Honorary IBM Design Scholar, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, University of Texas Austin Design, AIGA Medalist 2021

Episode 06 — It’s about time for a history in Black design — part I

Listen in to part 1 of an exclusive interview with Dr. Cheryl D. Holmes Miller, as she details her learning experiences on her journey to a highly lauded design career. Dr. Miller shares how growing up in an activist household in the nation’s capitol, during a time that paralleled critical historical moments in Black history, sparked a legacy that continues to reverberate throughout the entire Black community.

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Episode 07 — It’s about time for a history in Black design — part II

Join us for a continuation of Dr. Cheryl D. Holmes Miller’s renowned design career journey. In this episode, Dr. Miller takes us through her experiences in graduate school and out into the field during her early days as a young writer and designer. Listen in as she talks about fusing writing and design, how the impact of history and the cultural landscape influenced her work and molded her into the legend she is today.

Young Cheryl

1962

Caption from the photo: “Juvenile Court Judge Marjorie Lawson, who was a Girl Scout in her youth, yesterday addressed a group of 35 Brownies about to graduate and become Girl Scouts, during an investiture ceremony at 1610 Jackson st. ne. Picture shows Cheryl Holmes presenting Judge Lawson with a framed painting of a violin. Cheryl’s painting was judged best in a competition held specially for the occasion.“
A young Cheryl

Capturing Black design history

“There’s no way possible that I’m going to be able to write as many books as that are needed to capture our history. My greatest work will be to lead the footnotes and the outlines [and] to tell you where things are. If you don’t know what’s in the card catalog, you don’t know what the research is, and that’s what’s important about trying to capture the ancestors of the elders. Who like I always say, you know, I’m old enough to have lived it, and young enough to remember it.”

Dr. Cheryl D. Miller

Cheryl's press bio photo

1987

Cheryl D. Miller 1987 Press Bio Photo in her office, Cheryl D. Miller Design, Inc. New York, NY. 353 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York City. First appearance in her Print 1987 Article, “Black Designers Missing In Action.” Photography gift to Cheryl from corporate photographer, Ed Eckstein for participating in a Philip Morris Social Responsibility Corporate Communications Publication project, designed by Cheryl D. Miller.
A young Cheryl