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In addition to the things I just RTed, we need to look deep as designers into design history. All the movements we were taught about were eurocentric. We never got history classes on African or Asian or other types of movements.
We need to think about why there was mostly white people speaking in the doc Helvetica...
We need to think about why we only learned about the Massimos, the Mad(ison Ave) Men, and Pentagrams. What are we doing as designers to learn about the rest of the world?
Designers at work places need to sit down with other designers and figure out how your design teams can unlearn some of the eurocentric design history you learned, resist naming the same white designers over and over, and spend more time learning about non-white design history.
Design educators: I wish I could take back the years I regurgitated the same eurocentric design history I was taught but you can change that! Ask students to do research + present on design history from other parts of the world. Have them read @senongo 's book AS A TEXT BOOK!!!
And while you're at it, as an educator, please read "Teaching to Transgress" by bell hooks. goodreads.com/book/show/2709…
Design students: start questioning your professors and design departments on why everything is focused on only eurocentric design history. Ask for better projects.

Designers/companies hiring designers, push back on the professors who bring you in for a portfolio review, too.
Design educators: Review all of your textbooks. Consider online resources. Call your textbook reps and start collectively asking design publishers to be more inclusive with their textbooks. Write what you discover and share it with your department. Update your curriculum.
Design educators, students, and companies: Push your school and city design clubs to host events on learning more global design history rather than having the same 5 designers who are all friends with organizers speak over & over again about the beer can they designed 10 yrs ago.
And push queer design history, too. This book by my former colleague covers a lot. It’s a good place to start blackdogandleventhal.com/titles/andy-ca…
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