A new article for The Conversation by Stamps Professor Audrey Bennett explores evidence that the principals of Western design are rooted in a uniquely African aesthetic, with attention to the “golden ratio” of 1: phi and a focus on bottom-up growth and organic, fractal forms.
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…as many strive to live in a just, equitable and peaceful world, it is important to restore a more multicultural sense of intellectual history, particularly within graphic design’s canon. And once Black graphic design students see the influences of their predecessors, perhaps they will be inspired and motivated anew to recover that history – and continue to build upon its legacy.”
The African roots of Swiss design | theconversation.com