An Anthology of Blackness: The State of Black Design

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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Terresa Moses is the Creative Director of Blackbird Revolt, Director of Design Justice, and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. She created Project Naptural, co-created Racism Untaught, and is both a core team member of African American Graphic Designers and a collaborator with the Black Liberation Lab.

Omari Souza is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the University of North Texas, the organizer of the State of Black Design Conference, and a Design Researcher at Capital One. Formerly, he worked at VIBE magazine, CBS Radio, and Case Western Reserve University.


Best books of 2023 -- Architecture & Design, Financial Times

"Born from the Black Lives Matter movement, this collection on design responds to a field in which black voices remain severely underserved and often unheard...A valuable and provocative addition."
-The Financial Times

"Unapologetic is the only way to describe this anthology; it's a scholarly "state of the union," with design practitioners, researchers, scholars, and educators documenting their groundbreaking perspectives, research, and advocacy. An Anthology of Blackness offers bold treatises of where Black designers have been, where we are, and where we are heading, bridging the gap between the past and today's advancement of the Black designer in the global design conversation."

"The history of design as we know it excludes centuries of highly skilled and creative production by Africans and the African diaspora. This book - edited by Terresa Moses of the University of Toronto and Omari Souza of the University of North Texas - seeks to turn things around. Starting from the media attention sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, it delves into the protests of African American communities in the 1920s and 1960s and examines the creative tactics they employed. Building on these historical roots, the book leads us to question design's ability to challenge racial biases, forms of oppression, and establish itself as a truly inclusive social practice."
- Domus