Victoria Bonhomme

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M.AD SCHOOL OF IDEAS / M.AD ATLANTA

Victoria Bonhomme is a visual communicator with a love for writing and photography. She grew up in Maryland and is a first-generation Haitian and Dominican. She wants to create work that creates an impact and challenges stereotypes and the status quo.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born in Maryland. My family is from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I now live in the great state of Georgia.

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

I’m studying online. Although I miss campus, I have truly enjoyed working from my couch.

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

I’m trying to convert myself into a morning person but I’ve always been a night owl.

FAVORITE MOVIE?

It’s a tie between The Matrix and Up

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

All of the early 2000’s Black sitcoms

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Black Twitter

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Side Hustle Pro is such an amazing and inspiring podcast

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Dave Chapelle

FAVORITE BOOK?

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Haiti Design Co is a fashion/lifestyle company that features beautifully-crafted handmade goods from Haitian designers. I love that they are empowering the community by creating a global platform that showcases the craft and artistry of Haitian creatives.

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

I’m a new plant mom

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

This year has made it abundantly clear how urgently Black voices are needed in our industry. I have always understood the repercussions of the lack of diversity within media and advertising because I live every day having to combat stereotypes that our industry has played a part in creating. My unique vantage point, as a Black first generation woman, is important in introducing a more nuanced and robust understanding of the communities that I am from. This year has revealed an urgent need to utilize media and visual communications to humanize all people of color, no matter their socioeconomic status, education level or citizenship status.

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