Extra Bold - A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers Book
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RELEASE DATE - 13 MAY 2021
Extra Bold is the inclusive, practical, and informative career handbook for designers that we've all been waiting for. Written collaboratively by a diverse team of authors, the book opens with critical essays that rethink design principles and practices through theories of feminism, racism, inclusion, and nonbinary thinking.
Extra Bold features interviews, essays, typefaces, and projects from dozens of contributors with a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, and positions of economic and social privilege. The book adds new voices to the dominant design canon.
Part textbook and part comic book, zine, manifesto, survival guide, and self-help manual, Extra Bold is filled with stories and ideas that don't show up in other career books or design overviews. Both pragmatic and inquisitive, the book explores power structures and how to navigate them. Interviews showcase people at different stages of their careers, and biographical sketches explore individuals marginalised by sexism, racism, and ableism.
Jennifer Tobias's original, handcrafted illustrations bring warmth, happiness, humour, and narrative depth. Extra Bold is the design career manual for everyone.
"This work empowers readers with theory, historical precedent, and practical information, while encouraging everyone to 'amplify other voices and disrupt patterns of inequity.' Don't pass on this singular resource."
Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW),
"Lupton et al. help balance what design history has weighted toward the white male end of the spectrum. The book is light, breezy, and an easy read with ample illustrations, but the reader should not be fooled into thinking that the book is lightweight. Social equity is an important subject, and Extra Bold gets into many of the critical details. This is a must-read contribution in a rapidly changing field."
"The subtitle says it all. Extra Bold is in fact the feminist, inclusive, anti-racist, non-binary field guide that designers have been looking for, and if they haven't been looking, they should have been."
"In the right hands, this book will be a catalyst. Extra Bold isn't just for feminists or LGBTQ+ designers or those in ethnic minorities. It is a must-read for any human working in the design field. With honesty and humour, interviews and infographics, history and future-forward advice, this "field guide" is a timely resource for navigating and leading a career in design today. Eye-opening, empowering, and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny (especially the 'Emotional Labor Invoice')."
|Author||Ellen Lupton & Jennifer Tobias