Episode 12: An Interview With Brandon Rike

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In this episode, we sit down with WMC Fest Speaker Brandon Rike. We talk to him about his experience in designing music apparel and how he become one of the top designers in the field while betraying the institution. We also sit down with Simon to talk about the current status of the Arsenal.

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Sponsor of this Episode

This episode has been brought to you by Revision Path. Revision Path is a showcase of the world’s black graphic designers, web designers, and web developers. Through interviews, feature stories, and community participation, Revision Path will advance the interests of black digital creatives by giving them a platform to share knowledge, discuss issues, and meet their peers for networking and collaboration opportunities.

Cover art for this episode was also created using Fractal Space textures. You can find this vector pack and more at arsenal.gomedia.us

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An Interview With Maurice Cherry From Revision Path and 3eighteen Media

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Go Media: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and why you started Revision Path?

Maurice Cherry: I’m Maurice Cherry, and I’m the creative principal at 3eighteen media , a one-man web studio in Atlanta, GA. I’m a Morehouse College alumnus, and I’m best known for founding the Black Weblog Awards in 2005. Along with 3eighteen media, I’m also the founder/editor of Revision Path.

Go Media: You showcase black graphic designers, web designers and web developers. How do you find this talent and what important characteristics do you look for when highlighting these individuals?

Maurice Cherry: Finding designers and developers to interview for Revision Path started with looking at my professional network. From there, it’s been pretty easy uncovering talent just through word of mouth or exploring profiles on LinkedIn. I’m looking for everyone from students to seasoned professionals who have an interest in talking about their craft. I’ve already reached out to over 100 people and I’ve got a list of over 200 I’m slowly working my way through.

Go Media: What do you want people to feel, learn or take away when they visit Revision Path?

Maurice Cherry: I want people to see that there is a ton of talent out there that you might not see featured on popular design websites or on speaker panels for conferences. I know that talking about diversity in tech is always a touchy subject, but I wanted to do so in a way that wasn’t positioned as some sort of we/they dichotomy. And believe me, I’ve heard the excuses when it comes to outreach! “It’s a pain the rear.” “It’s too much work.” “It takes a lot of effort.” I haven’t found that to be the case at all unless my melanin granted me special research powers.

I want people to look at Revision Path as a platform to showcase these black creatives, learn who they are, and reach out to them to open doors to more opportunities! We all succeed when there are diverse voices and viewpoints at the table, and I really believe that Revision Path can help make that happen.

Go Media: If someone is interested in being featured in Revision Path, how might they do so?

Maurice Cherry: Contact me! There’s a contact form on the website and on http://facebook.com/revisionpath, and folks can reach out to us on Twitter @revisionpath. Revision Path isn’t just interviews either — I have job postings from time to time and people are more than welcome to submit articles that would be good for the site’s audience.

Go Media: Is there anything else you want people to know about yourself or your site?

Maurice Cherry: Right now, I’m doing a reader survey, and one lucky respondent will win a $50 Amazon.com gift card!

Credits

Hosts: Jeff Finley and Bill Beachy
Producer: Bryan Garvin
Recorded at: Go Media

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I'm a Web Designer and Front-End developer at Go Media. I have major crushes on Wordpress and jQuery. I'm pretty sure I have the best beard in Cleveland, OH.

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