Black Designers Ignite Returns with Reunion Show in February 2024

by | Nov 27, 2023 | Inspiration

The return of Black Designers Ignite will be the perfect spark to set 2024 in motion. On February 25, 2024, the organization will welcome more than fifteen alumni back to blaze its virtual stage for an afternoon of creative storytelling and inspiration. Presenters will speak on a theme of their choosing and also share insight into their whereabouts and respective journeys over the last few years.

Black Designers Ignite: Now/New/Next

 (Photo courtesy: Black Designers Ignite)


Black Designers Ignite launched its first virtual event on August 27, 2020, with yours truly being the first speaker. Although I was beyond nervous and very uncomfortable being in front of a camera, I agreed to do the event because I loved what the Black Ignite platform stood for. The good vibes were set from day one and it felt great to be part of a community that was eager to make an impact and put our stories on the map.

Black Designers Ignite slogan

 (Photo courtesy: Black Designers Ignite)

On the day of the event, I remember being overcome with jitters even though I had been practicing my talk for weeks. With the support of the viewers and my Black Ignite fam, I was finally able to calm my nerves and deliver my first ignite-style talk titled “The Superhero Within”.

Participating in this event not only helped me overcome my fear of public speaking, it also provided me with the unforgettable experience of learning from and collaborating with other talented designers across the nation. For that, I will forever be grateful.

How to Purchase Tickets

Black Designers Ignite: Now/New/Next will take place February 25, 2024 at 1:00 EST (12:00 pm CST/10:00 am PST).

The event will be hosted by illustrator, concept artist, and creator of the Team Supreme comic book series, Joshua Leonard, and entrepreneur, innovator, and musician, Brandon ‘Dame 55’ Williams. A special fireside chat is also scheduled to take place featuring equity-centered UX strategist and organzer of The State of Black Design Conference, Omari Souza.

To see a complete list of speakers and their bios, visit this page on the Black Ignite website and scroll down past the top graphic.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be found here. If you aren’t able to attend, please consider purchasing a ticket to gift to someone who would like to. All ticket sales will be split 100% among the speakers to compensate for their time. Donations up to $100 are also being accepted if you would like to support the organization.

Speakers of Black Designers Ignite: Now/New/Next

Featured speakers for the 2024 Black Designers Ignite event.  (Photo courtesy: Black Designers Ignite)

Black Designers Ignite stands as a testament to the power of community and representation in the design industry. From its impactful inaugural event to its ongoing contributions, Black Designers Ignite continues to be a force for positive change. By continuously celebrating and supporting Black designers, this platform not only highlights individual talents but also actively contributes to the broader goal of creating a more inclusive design landscape.

Connect with Black Designers Ignite:

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Post updated Monday, December 11, 2023 to reflect new event date and time.

By Jess McKenzie

By Jess McKenzie

Jess McKenzie is a brand identity designer from Detroit, MI. She is a self-proclaimed nerd that loves 80s movies and longs for Saturday morning cartoons to return. When she is not tied to her computer, she can be found taking random road trips and practicing landscape photography.


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