In addition to anti-racism education resources available at blacklivesmatters.carrd.co, we’ve compiled the following list of resources of graphic design techniques that have been used throughout history to fight injustice, inequalities, and decenter the white narrative. We welcome additions to this list of resources, email us at email@example.com.
Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas
This is a powerful compendium by Emory Douglas of the work he created for The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense while he was the Black Panther paper’s art director and later the party’s minister of culture.
Emory Douglas: Design Lecture Series — Video
Video of the lecture by Emory Douglas recorded in 2016 documenting decades of graphic work for the Black Panther Party and Black Lives Matter movement documenting, organizing and mobilizing in defense of Black lives and in opposition to police brutality.
Emory Douglas: The Art of the Black Panthers — Video
A powerful short film on Emory Douglas using archival footage of the Black Panther movement and present-day conversations with Emory.
Fly in the Buttermilk
The memoirs of Archie Boston, a designer and educator who created unparalleled pieces of visual communication throughout his career that evoke racist history while subverting it too.
LA 92 Documentary
Over twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests and violence in Los Angeles, LA92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely-seen footage. The full documentary is now available to watch for free on youtube.
Afrikan Alphabets by Saki Mafundiwka is the first book on Afrikan typography. It is out of print but should be sought out at your local library.
Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots
This book by Louise Sandhaus spotlights 50 years of west coast graphic design and the stories behind the images.
The New York Times 1619 Project
Interactive platform with a series of powerful essays that aims to reframe our country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
The Politics of Design
In this book, Ruben Pater examines cultural contexts and stereotypes with visual examples from around the world. It demonstrates that communication tools are never neutral, and encourages its users to rethink global cultural understanding.
Visual Impact by Liz McQuiston highlights the power of art and graphic design to effect social and political change.
The Design of Dissent
The Design of Dissent by Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic is a global collection of socially and politically driven graphics. The compendium of 550+ images drives home that our ability as citizens to voice our opinions is not only our privilege, it is our responsibility.
Citizen Designer, by Steven Heller & Véronique Vienne, is a guide for designers on how to effect social and political change, take responsibility for their work and the clients they choose to work with, and design responsibly.