Love letter to the future
Extra Bold: A feminist, inclusive, anti-racist, nonbinary field guide for graphic designersBy Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Kaleena Sales, Leslie Xia and Valentina Vergara. Book design by Ellen Lupton; cover design by Shivani Parasnis; illustrated by Jennifer Tobias. Published by Princeton Architectural Press, £25
For those (like myself), whose design education revolved around white male role models and Western-centric design canons, the idea of inclusivity may seem theoretical, or a token through which to appear relevant. In today’s changing socio-political climate, with many marginalised voices rightly demanding to be heard, researchers, scholars, and design critics are examining ideas that surround decolonisation, feminism and anti-racism. To unpack what it means to be an inclusive designer, especially in a way that is accessible to a wider audience, is the task that has been undertaken by a group of largely US-based designers and educators in Extra Bold: a feminist inclusive anti-racist nonbinary field guide for graphic designers.
The book’s position is stated in the title; it looks at design in relation to sexism, ableism and racism, but does not stop there. Extra Bold is a compelling attempt both to bring these issues to light and to offer practical ways in which designers can make their practices more inclusive …
Cover of Extra Bold. Top. Spread picturing intersectionality as a ‘social construction zone’. Illustrated by Jennifer Tobias.
Gabriela Matuszyk, designer, writer, lecturer, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 102 vol. 26, 2021
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