black design in america

Funk, Blaxploitation, & Hip Hop Aesthetics



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We offer our courses and classes at subsidized rates for students, educators, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) individuals.

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From the bass heavy riffs of Curtis Mayfield’s SuperFly 1973 soundtrack to the scratch and synthesized Brox rhythms of 1970s and 1980s DJ’s like Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash—the histories of Black music and Black design have been intermixed. Many scholars have foregrounded Phase 2 and Buddy Esquire’s work, two of the most prolific Hip-Hop Flyer Designers.

Similarly in Film, the generative collaboration between Art Sims and Spike Lee that began with the posters such as Do The Right Thing, 1981 and New Jack City, 1991 lead to audiences literally breaking down bus shelters to collect the posters. This talk will dig through the crates to show the global influence of Black design.

This class is available to purchase individually, or at a discounted rate when the course pass is purchased.


  • Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton

    Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton is an educator, graphic designer, image-maker, and writer. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Creative Technologies and a faculty in the M.F.A. program in Graphic Design at Vermont ...
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  • Pierre Bowins

    Pierre Bowins specializes in graphic design, he utilize research-based theories and strategies to plan, organize, and implement lessons on the emerging trends of topics including design history, criticism, typography, and foundations of design...
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  • Silas Munro

    Silas Munro engages multi-modal practices that inspire people to be the best versions of themselves in order to effect positive change on society as a whole. He earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. His design studio, Poly-Mode, ...
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Licenses for institutional use are available and customizable to fit your needs. Contact us at [email protected] to provide your students, employees, and designers with access to our BIPOC Design History Course.

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