Hey. So...who are you?
My name is Maurice Cherry, and I'm the founder and editor-in-chief of Revision Path, a showcase of the world's Black web designers, graphic designers, and web developers. I started the site in February 2013, expanded to a podcast in March 2014, and between podcasts and longform interviews, I've chronicled the journeys of close to 100 Black designers, developers, and creatives all over the globe. This work has also earned me a spot on AIGA's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force , where I help the next generation of Black designers gain opportunities in the industry through starting student groups at HBCUs across the country.
On top of this, I run 28 Days of the Web (a presentation of various Black designers and developers through the month of February), I teach WordPress through Mediabistro, and I'm a web designer through my company 3eighteen media.
What's this GoFundMe campaign all about?
In July 2014, I submitted two solo presentation proposals for SXSW's 2015 PanelPicker — "Where Are The Black Designers?" for SXSW Interactive and "Diversifying Design Education" for SXSWedu. I actively campaigned for votes during the PanelPicker voting process (August 11, 2014 - September 5, 2014), but when the first round of programming was announced on October 20, 2014, neither of my proposals were chosen.
I thought my chances for speaking at SXSW were gone, but then I got a message from the director of SXSW Interactive, who extended an invitation for me to present "Where Are The Black Designers?" at the 2015 festival. I was ecstatic!
Unfortunately, I don't have the funds to make the trip on such short notice (a little over two months!), so I'm here on GoFundMe to ask for your help to get me (and by proxy, Revision Path) to Austin in March!
What will my pledge go towards?
As of this GoFundMe, I'm estimating at least $2,000 will cover my flight, ground transportation, and lodging costs. Because I will be speaking at the event, my registration will be covered. I will be able to handle any incidental costs (food, insurance, emergency funds) on my own outside of that.
What do you plan to do while you're there?
Aside from speaking at SXSW Interactive, I plan to do several interviews with Black designers and creatives while in Austin! My goal is to connect with MVMT50 to potentially do some interviews, not to mention view some local co-working spaces and design studios. So trust me, I'll be very busy in Austin outside of speaking!
Even if I don't make my goal, any amount that you can spare towards making this a reality would truly be a blessing. Thank you so much for your time and your generous donations!
- Catt Small
- maurice wingfield
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