05.21.21
Connect 4 | Audio

Natasha Jen and Adnan Bishtawi: How Do You Survive as a Designer?


Design student Adnan Bishtawi and his mentor, Pentagram partner Natasha Jen, both have had to pursue their creative goals while dealing with financial hardship. Here, they talk about a key issue for so many creatives: how can you stay inspired, make great work, take care of yourself—and still pay the bills?

About Connect 4: Design Bridges

Design shapes our world, no question. But who gets to do the shaping? The professional graphic design field, like so many other industries and spaces, has long been dominated by white people. Indigenous, Black, and other designers of color are changing that dynamic; design students have a chance to change it further.

The young creatives of color in this podcast are starting that journey. Here, they talk with their mentors—some of today’s most influential BIPOC graphic designers—about finding inspiration and confidence; beginning a career in the arts (and explaining it to your parents!); and what it’s like working within the largely white design field.

The mentors and mentees in this podcast were brought together by Connect 4: Networking for Equality in Design. Connect 4 is a growing initiative and current collaboration between the Mercy College Design + Animation program, Pentagram, and design leaders that supports design students of color by opening real pathways to leadership. Learn more about Connect 4 on Instagram: @cnnct4.

This podcast was produced by Hawk and Paw Productions in collaboration with Mercy College, Pentagram, and Design Observer. The theme music was composed by Isabel Sanchez.

Posted in: Connect 4, Education , Graphic Design, Inclusion



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