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Texas State University

Our Sponsors

April 9-10, 2021

Black Design

Past. Present. Future.

Presented by IBM

Texas State University presents this conference at no cost to students and young designers — all of it made possible by corporate sponsorships and individual donations to the State of Black Design Event Excellence Fund.

Sponsorships and other donations to this fund will be used for the State of Black Design Conference and related activities to include: faculty and staff support, program support and student support. Funds may be used for expenses related to research including not only materials and equipment, but also student wages, salaries, and travel.

Platinum Level

Title Sponsor: IBM

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IBM is a leading hybrid cloud platform and AI company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world. With Watson, the AI platform for business, powered by data, we are building industry-based solutions to real-world problems.

At IBM, people are at the center of everything we do and every problem we solve. Given our scale and scope, good design is not just a requirement, it’s a deeper responsibility to the people we serve and the relationships we build. IBM has designers all over the world and the largest community of design thinkers.

Learn more about design at IBM and our latest Racial Equity in Design initiative.

Gold Level

Category Sponsor: Adobe

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Adobe is the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. Our creative, marketing and document solutions empower everyone — from emerging artists to global brands — to bring digital creations to life and deliver immersive, compelling experiences to the right person at the right moment for the best results. For more information, visit the Adobe website.

Category Sponsor: Material

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Material is a radical collaboration of the top research and analytics firms seamlessly paired with the most creative and strategic marketing agencies, all with the shared mission of igniting growth for the world’s top B2B and B2C brands, from Fortune 500 companies to disruptive start-ups. For more information, visit the Material website.

Category Sponsor: PayPal

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At PayPal, we believe that now is the time to democratize financial services so that moving and managing money is a right for all citizens, not just the affluent. We are driven by this purpose, and we uphold our cultural values of collaboration, innovation, wellness and inclusion as our guide for making decisions and conducting business every day. For more information, visit the PayPal website.

Silver Level


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Civilla is a non-profit design studio dedicated to changing the way our public-serving institutions work. Our process is deeply rooted in human-centered design, an approach to service delivery that focuses on creating enduring solutions that fit peoples’ lives. By putting humans first, we help our partners deliver significant change and lasting impact in the institutions they lead. For more information, visit the Civilla website.

BCG Platinion

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Boston Consulting Group partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. Today, we work closely with clients to embrace a transformational approach aimed at benefiting all stakeholders — empowering organizations to grow, build sustainable competitive advantage, and drive positive societal impact. For more information, visit the BCG Platinion website.

Special Recognition

Career Fair Sponsor:
Design for America

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Design for America (DFA) is a network of innovators using design thinking skills for local social impact. Developed by a faculty member and her students, DFA shapes the next generation of social innovators. For more information, visit the Design for America website.

Bronze Level

A Small Studio

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We're a collection of creatives based in Seattle. We love collaborating with community leaders to create thoughtful solutions to problems that matter. For more information, visit the A Small Studio website.


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The University of California, Irvine offers the only mixed format, low-residency one-year master of human-computer interaction and design (MHCID) in the world. For more information, visit the UCI MHCID website.


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argodesign is a product design consultancy, a growth partner to entrepreneurs, and an incubator of new experiences. We love design. For more information, visit the argodesign website.


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At USAA, our mission is more than just words — it’s the reason we do what we do. Our goal is to be the military community’s provider of choice for insurance, banking, financial products and advice. For more information, visit the USAA website.

Foundational Sponsors

AIGA Design

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As the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design — with 72 chapters and more than 25,000 members — we advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. From content that defines the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, we work to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future. For more information, visit the AIGA website.

Common Experience

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Texas State University presents an academic theme each year with events for everyone. This is our Common Experience. It's the nation's #1 initiative of its kind, offering our students more themed academic event opportunities than any other university. For more information, visit the Common Experience website.

Communication Design Program

The Communication Design Program at Texas State University is renowned for teaching graduates how to be creative and highly adaptable practitioners in the ever-changing field of design.

College of Fine Arts and Communication

Texas State University's College of Fine Arts and Communication comprises of the School of Art and Design, the Department of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

School of Art and Design

At Texas State University, we strive to educate our students to not only master traditional media and skills of art and design, but also to think, research and problem-solve. The faculty of the School of Art and Design aim for our graduates not only to make significant contributions to the world of art and design but also to take leadership roles within their communities.