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African American Designers You Should Know – Part 1

Back in the day, diversity in the field of graphic design was far from visible. While studying in the early 90’s we learned of famous designers like Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, and more. Although these designers changed the way graphic design is seen, we did not see graphic designers from the African diaspora proudly presented and applauded. With that in mind let’s now celebrate *African American graphic designers who have left an indelible mark on the field.

1. CHARLES DAWSON (1889 – 1981)
2. AARON DOUGLAS (1899 – 1979)
3. LEROY WINBUSH (1915 – 2007)
4. EUGENE WINSLOW (1919 – 2001)
5. GEORG OLDEN (1920 – 1975)
6. THOMAS MILLER (1920 – 2012)
7. EMMETT MCBAIN (1935 – 2012)
8. ARCHIE BOSTON (born 1943)
9. EMORY DOUGLAS (born 1943)
10. SYLVIA HARRIS (1953 – 2011)
11. ART SIMS (born 1954)
12. GAIL ANDERSON (born 1962)
13. THE UNKNOWN DESIGNERS


To learn more please visit: 13 AFRICAN AMERICAN GRAPHIC DESIGNERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – PART 1