Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers

Princeton Architectural. May 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781616899189. pap. $29.95. GRAPHIC ARTS
Billed as “part textbook, part comic book, zine, manifesto, survival guide and self-help manual,” this book is all that and more. The meaning of “inclusive design” is addressed in the wide-ranging essays that open the volume and speak to a broad audience: individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses open to re-examining their work or employment policies, and programs, products, or services. Other sections profile selected historical and contemporary figures marginalized by racism, sexism, and ableism, as well as the nitty-gritty of getting a job and benefitting from all varieties of employment. Throughout, there are interviews with designers at different stages of their careers, glossaries, and time lines. As might be expected, the book is packed with visuals and graphics on topics from intersectionality and mansplaining to appropriation in typography and the hiring journey.
VERDICT 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.
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