THE CONTENT

Oda Mi Country

"Encompassing the depths of Panama’s beauty, people, traditions and energy; I want to shine the light on my culture, and represent its truth." - Tamara Dill

Human At the Center

At the heart of By Design lies a community of everyday creative people. Collaboration fuels community & man..we’re excited about this one. We’ve partnered with The Pitch to amplify dynamic stories centered around the vast aspects of blackness. "Human at the Center" kicks off that monthly collab.

Portrait of a Person: Astin McAfee

Who is Astin McAfee? In their own words…”I’m just me.”

Hear Us, See Us: Wesley Hamilton

Wesley Hamilton, community activist and founder of Disabled But Not Really, a philanthropic non-profit seeking to empower those living with disabilities, released a statement regarding his intent to cut ties with organizations who have not made it clear that they are in support of the Black..."

By Design Radio Episode 04

Jayden Fleming is an event host and rollout specialist hailing from Wichita, KS. Operating as the Creative Director of Mars Mansion and Creator of AFTERDARK: An R&B Experience he considers himself a curator of culture. 

By Design Radio Episode 03

The last rays of sunlight have kissed the earth and the greens and purples have melted into grey under the moonlight. This is the time for reflection of growth upon the pedestal of nostalgia and the apotheosis of groove. Waiting to be renewed by the sun, we seek to become creatures of the night.

CHAMBERS

In the slums of Staten Island, poverty bred desperation, a combination conducive to violence. Out of neighborhoods polluted with narcotics, some chose a more expressive means of medicating: rap. Despite adversity linked to their socioeconomic status, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged. 

JERICHO

The story of Jericho is colorful, animated, and filled with twists and anticipation. The highs and the lows are what make a good story. He has been able to continue to push his own personal limits and put his own stamp on a growing industry in America. 

By Design Radio Episode 02

When staying at home, each day seems endless. While you're home, connect with some music. By Design Radio is back with episode 2, with even more drops coming this month. These playlists are for creatives by creatives to keep you inspired during our new normal with sounds from virtual DJ, Josh Yeadon

Find Your Outlet

Life can weigh on your mind. We all need outlets. Is that not why we create? This is why we chase passions. We need a way to funnel out all the thoughts and feelings going through our minds on the daily. 

Oda Mi Country

"Encompassing the depths of Panama’s beauty, people, traditions and energy; I want to shine the light on my culture, and represent its truth." - Tamara Dill

Portrait of a Person: Astin McAfee

Who is Astin McAfee? In their own words…”I’m just me.”

Hear Us, See Us: Wesley Hamilton

Wesley Hamilton, community activist and founder of Disabled But Not Really, a philanthropic non-profit seeking to empower those living with disabilities, released a statement regarding his intent to cut ties with organizations who have not made it clear that they are in support of the Black..."

CHAMBERS

In the slums of Staten Island, poverty bred desperation, a combination conducive to violence. Out of neighborhoods polluted with narcotics, some chose a more expressive means of medicating: rap. Despite adversity linked to their socioeconomic status, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged. 

JERICHO

The story of Jericho is colorful, animated, and filled with twists and anticipation. The highs and the lows are what make a good story. He has been able to continue to push his own personal limits and put his own stamp on a growing industry in America. 

Donette Lowe Interview

“F*** this, I’m starting a group of girls who doesn’t care about what society says makes them feminine. I’m calling it Cozy Girl Squad, and I’m the Captain”

REFLECTION WITH RASHIDA ROGERS

Being a woman in street wear is at an all time high right now, and as time progresses it will only get better. Women are involving themselves more and more into a primarily male dominant field, and quite frankly to me, it’s all fascinating to watch. 

Forever Cozy

Dwayne “7ierre” Snipes is an eccentric brother with a creative eye for style and a “cozy” lifestyle. Dwayne is almost unknowingly a fashion influencer in Kansas City having dabbled in modeling, styling, and overall vibe curating. 

THE SPECT CYPHER SERIES

The Spect promotes advancement in all urban communities. The newly debutedThe Spect Cypher Series shook up Kansas City’s emerging hip hop scene to the core, allowing newer and more established acts to showcase their lyrical prowess. This was only the first of many to come, so stay tuned.

STREETWAVVE SUMMER PODCAST SHOW SERIES

Summer has always been the most anticipated season of the year! Filled with bouts of hot summer fun, events, festivals and not to mention tons of food! Well, Streetwavve was able to combine all of that into one dynamic podcast and in the format of a summer show!

Human At the Center

At the heart of By Design lies a community of everyday creative people. Collaboration fuels community & man..we’re excited about this one. We’ve partnered with The Pitch to amplify dynamic stories centered around the vast aspects of blackness. "Human at the Center" kicks off that monthly collab.

Find Your Outlet

Life can weigh on your mind. We all need outlets. Is that not why we create? This is why we chase passions. We need a way to funnel out all the thoughts and feelings going through our minds on the daily. 

Necie Love

Don’t let others try to define what you already know about yourself. Self-worth as a creative is a major key. It lands you meaningful work, it could put more money in your pocket, and best of yet, it could lead you to a host of new opportunities you would have never imagined to be possible.

The Power of Self-Belief Obiora Anozie: Creative Entrepreneur

It’s rare but sometimes in life, you meet people with a gift for bringing others together. Anozie is like a spark to fire. “There’s always a few people in a room that needs to be there to make things happen,” 

The Kritiq from the Eyes of Mark Launiu

“The Kritiq Creative Weekend. I’m a huge believer that fashion, art and music all influence each other. With the growing number of creatives in Kansas City it was awesome being able to host a weekend that was dedicated to them. 

Be Resilient

Positivity. Dynamism. Resilience. Strength. Manifestation. These are a few words that stuck with me from my sit down with Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, and the overall motivating Darriqueca Green. 

FROM THE FIELD TO THE FRAME

King is a young, black emerging videographer out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Present day, King has created a name for himself in the videography/photography field but just a few short years prior his dreams were centered on the field, literally - that’s right

An Open Letter to Young Black Professional on Self Care

So you’re at a transitional period in your life and you feel alone. You realize that you have devoted so much time and energy to other people but now you need them. Now you need someone to pour into you, just like you have poured into them. And they are gone, nowhere to be found. 

CREATORS CREATE

Creatives are dynamic storytellers who give culture life. By Design celebrates the creatives, we are the magazine for creatives by creatives. Issue 003 features the Kids, all talented people in different lanes. Creatives, just create.

SOUND CHECK: INTERVIEW WITH LARON, THE SOUND DESIGNER

Sometimes being one of the few people of color in your field of work can be tough, especially when the field itself is naturally unappreciated within its industry. I had an honest and casual sit down conversation with my friend LaRon Cooper

The Importance of Merch

"Imagine you’re a band on tour playing shows. Tickets to your shows are five dollars and you’ve been selling out venues consistently. At the end of the night you go split the revenue with the venue and your three other band mates..."

House of Rena

Black women are the prototype - trendsetters impacting cultures across the world - from our hair that defies gravity, to our brown melanated skin, black women are leading the way for the culture. This is true even in Kansas City. 

This Ain't Luck

“This Ain’t Luck” reads boldly from every MADE MOBB price tag. A motto that a resilient team of dreamers has made known in their short existence of being a Streetwear Brand. 

THE KRITIQ SS 19

Mark is a man with a lot of vision, what makes him unique is that he’ll see that vision through. With the help of event coordinator extraordinaire L’Chelle Green and the rest of the Kritiq team they put on a show in which the energy was unlike any show prior. 

STOP GETTING DRESSED FOR LIKES

Cozy Girl Squad is creative collective that aims to eliminate the lack of representation that women, especially women of color, experience in streetwear culture and they just dropped their first collection with their second collection on the way. 

BRAND HIGHLIGHT: UE SUPPLY CO.

In the world of fashion, new, emerging faces are entering the market telling dynamic and unique stories through their clothing. Check out UE Supply Co. 

INTERVIEW WITH HUSTLEKC

Chances are you’ve seen HustleKC. It has cropped up on everyone’s Instagram feeds, whether they are modeling the clothing or proudly showing off their most recent purchases. Thomas “Tommy” Grass has been at the forefront of HustleKC 

My Corporate America Closet

I love a woman in the workplace that does not shy away from letting her feminine fashion show. With most fields of work being male dominated, women are often limited and misrepresented in topics of equality in pay, respect, and perception within the workplace. 

By Design Radio Episode 04

Jayden Fleming is an event host and rollout specialist hailing from Wichita, KS. Operating as the Creative Director of Mars Mansion and Creator of AFTERDARK: An R&B Experience he considers himself a curator of culture. 

By Design Radio Episode 03

The last rays of sunlight have kissed the earth and the greens and purples have melted into grey under the moonlight. This is the time for reflection of growth upon the pedestal of nostalgia and the apotheosis of groove. Waiting to be renewed by the sun, we seek to become creatures of the night.

By Design Radio Episode 02

When staying at home, each day seems endless. While you're home, connect with some music. By Design Radio is back with episode 2, with even more drops coming this month. These playlists are for creatives by creatives to keep you inspired during our new normal with sounds from virtual DJ, Josh Yeadon

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