Centered: People and Ideas Diversifying Design

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Princeton Architectural Press
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5.6 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Kaleena Sales is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Department of Art & Design at Tennessee State University, an HBCU in Nashville, TN. She is a coauthor of Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Non-Binary Field Guide for Graphic Designers, and cohosts a podcast about design and culture with Design Observer. During her service on AIGA's Design Educators Community Steering Committee, Sales advocated for a more inclusive view of design history, through her Beyond the Bauhaus writing series, from which this book originated. Sales formerly served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for AIGA Nashville.

"In Centered, a delightful, compelling collection of stories, anecdotes, and interviews about design, Kaleena Sales takes the reader on a voyage to show many diverse design practices. From Alabaman quilts to Indian truck art to Kurdish rugs and patterns to African alphabets and the experience of the Ziwa school in Zimbabwe, this collection opens up the world of design and design history beyond Euro-American design. This is a much-needed text for anyone trying to broaden their understanding of design or for professors and students seeking diverse design practices."
--Lesley-Ann Noel, co-editor of The Black Experience in Design and author of Design Social Change
"This is one important collection of writing. I'm blown away by its range and scope and insight and grace and--as a whole--by the impeccable nuanced flow of it all."

--Jessica Helfand, Design Observer

"Centered pushes against the boundaries of the ways graphic design practice has been traditionally defined. The essays examine ongoing practices across the globe--some of which span hundreds of years, others starting only within the last few. Nearly everyone in this book eschews a modernist approach. Said another way: this is the plural design reference we deserve. As an educator, I'm so grateful for this book as a way to expand my own ways of thinking about and teaching design, but also to simply have this book to share with my students, who understandably crave and rightfully demand this pluralism as a matter of course."
--Briar Levit, Professor of Graphic Design, Portland State University