Welcome to Organization of Black Designers

OBD is a national professional organization of interior, industrial, architectural, fashion and graphic designers dedicated to promoting the visibility, empowerment, education and interaction of its membership and the understanding and value that diverse design perspectives contribute to world culture and commerce.

Meet Our Designer of the Month

Carole Harris President, Harris Design Group (HDG)

Carole Harris, ASID, OBD, is the president of Harris Design Group (HDG), an interior design firm, which she founded in 1976 (formerly known as Interior Planning and Design, Inc.).  Harris earned a B.F.A. degree in Interior Design from Wayne State University in 1966.

 Direct From The OBD Studio: Interviews With Design Professionals

OBD News


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Ed Welburn Retires

April 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Ed Welburn Retires

Ed Welburn, the quiet […]

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The Future of Automotive Design

October 5th, 2015|Comments Off on The Future of Automotive Design

Car styling is the pinnacle in the world of design and the […]

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We create trends for the World

OBD membership is open to all qualified design professionals practicing its specified disciplines, regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. Our mission is to embrace and improve the totality of the American design professions by energizing them with creative diversity.

Featured Student Designer

Zekiah Jackson

Zekiah Jackson, 19, and a recent graduate of Clinton high school, in Clinton North Carolina is a little shy, yet comes to life when she talks about her passion. Like a lot of creative people, art and design was something she took for granted as an essential part of who she is. Not until she was in junior high did she start to feel the irresistible pull of her creative force.


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The Organization of Black Designers/OBD created the “Black Designers Matter!” T-Shirt to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The shirt also references the pressing need for greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the design professions.