Now You See Me: An Introduction to 100 Years of Black Design

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You’ve seen their work—but have you seen them? Black designers have been working in every major industry but, for the past decades, have not been given the spotlight anywhere near to the extent of their white counterparts. This vibrant and wide-ranging book, full of photographs and illustrations, aims to correct that oversight, bringing a century of Black designers and their work into focus.

Organized into three sections focusing on Fashion, Architecture, and Graphic Design, Charlene Prempeh uses the pioneering work of key figures from the 20th and 21st centuries to explore important aspects of how Black design has been perceived within culture and society.

From the necessity of the side-hustle, to interrogating the value placed on Black design, from reclaiming traditions, to exploring how design can be a form of protest, this book brings to the fore the stories of figures such as Ann Lowe, Dapper Dan, Norma Sklarek, Francis Kéré, Emory Douglas, and Liz Montague to unpick the complexities of being a Black designer.

Written by Charlene Prempeh. Published by Prestel in 2024. Hardcover, measures 9.6 x 7 x 0.9 inches, 200 pages. ISBN 9783791388472

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