An anthology of Blackness : the state of Black design / edited by Terresa Moses and Omari Souza ; foreword by Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall.

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2023]
  • ©2023
xvii, 243 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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  • "Shows why the design field has consistently failed to attract Black professionals, how Eurocentric hegemony impacts Black designers & how to create an antiracist, pro-Black design industry instead"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "An Anthology of Blackness examines the intersection of Black identity and practice, probing why the design field has failed to attract Black professionals, how Eurocentric hegemony impacts Black professionals, and how Black designers can create an anti-racist design industry. Contributing authors and creators demonstrate how to develop a pro-Black design practice of inclusivity, including Black representation in designed media, anti-racist pedagogy, and radical self-care. Through autoethnography, lived experience, scholarship, and applied research, these contributors share proven methods for creating an anti-racist and inclusive design practice. The contributions in An Anthology of Blackness include essays, opinion pieces, case studies, and visual narratives. Many contributors write from an intersectional perspective on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability. Each section of the book expands on community-driven concerns about the state of the design industry, design pedagogy, and design activism. Ultimately, this articulated intersection of Black identity and Black design practice reveals the power of resistance, community, and solidarity--and the hope for a more equitable future. With a foreword written by design luminary Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, An Anthology of Blackness is a pioneering contribution to the literature of social justice" -- Back cover.
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  • 1. Black design industry + organizations. An introduction to Black design industry + organizations / Terresa Moses and Omari Souza
  • The ontology of Black design / S. Alfonso Williams
  • Stewardship and the survival of Black design communities / Terrence Moline
  • Shattering spaces of othering: building a creative culture of creativity, Blackness, and Brown power / Antoinette D. Carroll, supported by Maya Aduba Williams
  • So, you want to solve the diversity problem in design / Jacinda N. Walker
  • Why asking for a list won't solve racial disparities / Melanie Walby
  • Ain't I a woman / Omari Souza
  • Using video games to champion justice and expand imaginations of superheroes / Jules Porter
  • Designing a Black future / John Brown VI
  • 2. Black design pedagogy. An introduction to Black design pedagogy / Terresa Moses and Omari Souza
  • Black student perceptions of design courses at an elite private university / Lesley-Ann Noel
  • Design's ledger of white supremacy: constructing a critical race pedagogy to shape design futures / Pierce Otlhogile-Gordon
  • African design: origins and migration / Jillian M. Harris
  • #BlackHistoryMatters / Stacey Robinson
  • The movement imprinted / Terresa Moses
  • Using exhibition design to support political engagement, active learning, and civic participation / Anne H. Berry and Kelly Walters
  • 3. Black design activism. An introduction to Black design activism / Terresa Moses and Omari Souza
  • Getting to the root: an exhibition catalog on natural hair / Jazmine Beatty
  • Paving the way: Black designers then and now / Nichole Burroughs
  • Amplifying the Black voice through design / Terresa Moses
  • Peace of mind / Kprecia Ambers
  • PANTHERS VOTE! A studio project exposing past voter suppression methods to a collegiate population that has been historically disenfranchised / Tracey L. Moore
  • Corrections, cures, and spoils: how vote by mail information and service design disenfranchised Black voters in the 2020 US election cycle / Asher Kolieboi
  • Amplifying accessibility and abolishing ableism: designing to embolden Black disability visual culture / Jennifer White-Johnson.
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State of Black design
  • 9780262048668 (hardcover)
  • 0262048663 (hardcover)
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