RECOGNIZE is a design anthology that will feature essays and commentary from Indigenous people and people of color — the next generation of emerging design voices.

Please refer to our guidelines for full details.

Who We Are

RECOGNIZE is a project from designer Maurice Cherry, 2018 recipient of the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary from AIGA. The project is funded through a grant from the Design Forward Fund from InVision.

What We're Seeking

We are seeking original essays about design, design culture, or the design profession. Essays can come in any format — a narrative, a critique, a manifesto, an argument, etc., and they can be expository, descriptive, or whatever you like.

For the first volume of RECOGNIZE, all essays will share one word as a theme: space. It's up to the author to determine how they will incorporate space into their submission. The word can have many meanings and interpretations, so be creative and have fun with it!

Essays should be no more than 3,000 words; please do not exceed the word count if you want your submission to be considered.

We especially encourage submissions from LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse writers, writers with disabilities, and religious, ethnic, and cultural minorities.

More Details

Your submission must be original and not published anywhere else — that means your personal website or blog, a series of tweets, an Instagram caption...whatever.

Submissions must be in MS Word format (.doc, .docx), rich text format (.rtf) or plain text format (.txt). Google Docs links or PDFs will not be accepted for submission.

Please do not make multiple submissions with revisions — if we accept your submission, you will be connected with one of our editors to help edit and polish it for publication. The finished anthology will be published on Inside Design by InVision near the end of 2019.


The final deadline to submit is April 30, 2019.


Every contributor with an accepted submission will be paid a flat amount of 600 USD for their essay, including digital publishing rights. Payment will be issued after the final work, author bio, and any notes have been edited and approved.

How to Submit

The submission period for 2019 has closed.


Iif you have any submission-related questions, please send them to, and we’ll answer them as soon as we can.

Please do not send your actual submissions via email; they will not be accepted.