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Silas Munro at Typographics 2018!

May 15, 2018

VCFA MFA in Graphic Design Advisor Silas Munro will be presenting “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America” at Typographics 2018 on Saturday, June 16, 2018!

Presentation description:

W. E. B. Du Bois was a prolific author, renowned sociologist, fierce civil rights advocate, co-founder of the NAACP, and a historian of black lives. He was also a pioneer of data visualization. Working with ink, gouache, graphite, and photographic prints, Du Bois and his student and alumni collaborators at Atlanta University generated crisp, dynamic, and modern graphics as a form of infographic activism. 63 brightly colored broad sheets were exhibited in Paris and made 20 years before the founding of the Bauhaus.These visualizations offer a prototype of design practices now vital in our contemporary world—of design for social innovation, data visualization in service to social justice, and the decolonization of pedagogy.

This talk is scheduled for June 16 at 10:25 a.m. as part of the main Typographics conference schedule. (Please note that you must register for the Typographics conference to attend!)

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