Design Wednesdays: Vision Map


by Atim Annette Oton Have you sketched an idea down before for a client? Have you been keeping your dreams in your head. Well, it’s time to put it down on paper. And I call this process life mapping and my tool is a Vision map. A number of designers wonder and ask me why IContinue reading “Design Wednesdays: Vision Map”

Johanna Flores, Christine Facella and Andrea Miranda Salas: 9 Designers and Artists I Know


9 Designers and Artists I Know is a 2014 series of stories of nine designers and artists I know and admire as they navigate their world and produce art and design projects that make me want to work even harder. I repeat, I admire their talent, work and spirit. by Atim Annette Oton In my first blogContinue reading “Johanna Flores, Christine Facella and Andrea Miranda Salas: 9 Designers and Artists I Know”

ART OFF the MAIN at Jacob Javits Center this weekend


ART OFF the MAIN is a trend- setting art fair launched in 2004. The name of the fair, ART OFF the MAIN speaks to the fact that many of the artists showcased, in spite of highly accomplished works, are for the most part either under-represented or absent from the American mainstream. ART OFF the MAIN isContinue reading “ART OFF the MAIN at Jacob Javits Center this weekend”

Gregory Maqoma’s Exit/Exist debuts in Brooklyn at 651 ARTS


South Africa has been on my mind for a month and as I reflected on the hiatus I took from writing this blog, I recall a promise to visit next year. The month began with an email from my Johannesburg friend Bongani Madando who just returned from Berlin and decided to connect several of us,Continue reading “Gregory Maqoma’s Exit/Exist debuts in Brooklyn at 651 ARTS”

African Fashion as the Next Fashion Capital: Evolving the Concept of Hybrid Modernity


Last year at TedxDumbo in October, I spoke about Africa as the next Fashion Capital. I believe this notion fully and it has some roots in the timing of what is going on the continent. This decade, most African countries will hit 50 years of independence. This is a historic milestone and I feel it willContinue reading “African Fashion as the Next Fashion Capital: Evolving the Concept of Hybrid Modernity”

Striving to be Ghana’s Premier Fashion School: Vogue Style School of Fashion and Design


  Photo of Joyce Ababio This is the seventh blog in my series, The Pulse of Africa talking with Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora. It takes an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. See the series here. I began this blog on the dayContinue reading “Striving to be Ghana’s Premier Fashion School: Vogue Style School of Fashion and Design”

Runo Okiomah’s Maa-Bara: Growing Food Anywhere


Visualization of Maa-Bara’s sustainable aquaponics technology. Image composed by Ogheneruno Okiomah and Daniel Daou. This is the sixth blog in my series, The Pulse of Africa talking with Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora. It takes an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. SeeContinue reading “Runo Okiomah’s Maa-Bara: Growing Food Anywhere”

Rediscovering Anthony Barboza through his Extraordinary Photographs and Jazz Moments


I don’t often do any pieces on super stars. But with Anthony Barboza, I could not help it. He really is a super star – chronicling the black experience, especially in jazz. I first really heard about him at an Organization of Black Designers conference about 12 years ago though I had seen his workContinue reading “Rediscovering Anthony Barboza through his Extraordinary Photographs and Jazz Moments”

Fall 2011: Time to work on Global Africa, Afropolitans and Diasporic Africans


This Fall, I have started my engine running and working on a series of projects that are in the realm of Global Africa exploring Afropolitans and Diasporic Africans. It begins with: My Blogging on Huffington Post Black Voices Editorial work at Calabar Magazine Growing the Brand Black Design News Network (BDNN) Expanding Calabar Imports CreatingContinue reading “Fall 2011: Time to work on Global Africa, Afropolitans and Diasporic Africans”