Designstripe presents

The Books of Design

A content series telling the story of artists, movements and mediums that influenced the evolution of design, illustration and technology, and where they intersect.

Our second instalment celebrates W.E.B. Du Bois, the American sociologist and civil rights activist who used pioneering data visualization techniques to paint a nuanced picture of Black life in the US at the turn of the century and refute the racist dogma of the day.

The word "Negro" appears frequently in the images you'll see in this story. It’s not a word we take lightly, but it is the term Du Bois chose (and actually attempted to reclaim) throughout his career. This story is a celebration of his visionary work, and so we have chosen to not alter his charts and keep the text and titles as they are, while contextualizing his use of language.