Yanique DaCosta is a Jamaican-born graphic designer and entrepreneur with a passion for advocating for diversity and inclusivity in the design industry. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University and an MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University.
As the founder and owner of YKMD, Yanique has over 13 years of design experience and has been recognized as an expert in Brand Development and Graphic Design by the United States Department of Labor. She was engaged as a consultant for the federal 0*Net program, showcasing her exceptional skills in the field.
Yanique has made significant strides in her career, serving on the Executive Board of the Graphic Artists Guild as National Treasurer before being elected as the first Black President of the organization. She is also a Vice President of the International Council of Design, where she advocates for the design community worldwide.
In addition to her leadership roles, Yanique has contributed her expertise to the 15th and 16th editions of the Graphic Artists Guild’s Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, a national reference book for professional graphic artists and agencies. Her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the design industry has earned her a reputation as a trailblazer and champion for underrepresented voices.