We Are Blackformat.

Blackformat is an artist collective of designers, illustrators, and animators created to support each other, share inspiration, resources, and feedback, and encourage healthy discussion about all things design. We’re excited to get to know you! But before that, we ask that you please read our community guidelines below.

Community Guidelines

Blackformat is an international, multicultural, and dynamic space. We encourage active participation and contributions of all kinds including things that may be funny, weird, personal, or upsetting. We do our best to be respectful of each other’s experiences, opinions, and beliefs, and we ask that you do the same. As we get to know one another, learn from each other, and grow together, it’s important to maintain healthy boundaries and positive interactions.

Ja Rules:


Be as involved as you want to be. There are a lot of members in this group. This means some are more vocal than others, and new members or quieter members often feel left out. “Lurking” is a totally valid way to belong, but know that your participation is one hundred percent welcome, anytime.

People are complex and so are ideas. We’re a very enthusiastic bunch, and sometimes we just want to share our excitement (or rant) about something without fearing a conflict. Healthy debate is welcome, but please refrain from instigating an argument with someone if they haven’t expressed their willingness to debate.

Remain calm and  don’t polarize the discussion. In discussions with multiple conflicting points of view, the goal for all sides should always be information and education, not shutting down people with opposing viewpoints or making them feel bad.

Blackformat is a welcoming space. In controversial conversations, members have often felt afraid to chime in for fear of offending. A simple solution? Disclaimers. Prefacing your comment with a “I’m new to and I do not mean this maliciously at all, so I apologize in advance if this is harmful and I am open to correction but here’s my unedited opinion” can be a wordy but helpful way to keep discussion calm.

You are allowed to remove yourself from a situation without feeling pressured to respond. If you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed with responses, you are always allowed to recuse yourself from the situation. If you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed with responses and want to just walk away, just leave a comment saying so. If someone else has recused themselves, respect their decision and don’t tag them in your comments or pressure them to respond.

Be a friend for the betterment of the community.

Join us!