W.E.B. Du Bois's data portraits : visualizing Black America, the color line at the turn of the twentieth century / Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert, editors.

by Battle-Baptiste, Whitney [editor.]Looking glass; Rusert, Britt [editor.]Looking glass; Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. WorksLooking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2018]Description: 144 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9781616897062.Subject(s): Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963Looking glass | Exposition universelle (1900 : Paris, France)Looking glass | African American sociologistsLooking glass | African Americans -- Social conditions -- Charts, diagrams, etc | Information visualizationLooking glass | Sociology -- United States -- HistoryLooking glassNote: "The color line at the turn of the twentieth century" -- front cover.Note: Includes bibliographical references.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"As visually arresting as it is informative."-- The Boston Globe

"Du Bois's bold colors and geometric shapes were decades ahead of modernist graphic design in America."--Fast Company's Co.Design

W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits is the first complete publication of W.E.B. Du Bois's groundbreaking charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition.

Famed sociologist, writer, and Black rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois fundamentally changed the representation of Black Americans with his exhibition of data visualizations at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Beautiful in design and powerful in content, these data portraits make visible a wide spectrum of African American culture, from advances in education to the lingering effects of slavery. They convey a literal and figurative representation of what he famously referred to as "the color line," collected here in full color for the first time.

A landmark collection for social history, graphic design, and data science.

* Data display, visualizations, and infographics far ahead of their time
* Colorful graphs and charts are mesmerizing pieces of art in their own right
* A valuable companion to W.E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk
* Includes contributions from Aldon Morris, Silas Munro, and Mabel O. Wilson

W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits is an informative and provocative history, data, and graphic design book that continues to resonate with audiences today.

"The color line at the turn of the twentieth century" -- front cover.

Includes bibliographical references.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

This fascinating reproduction of all the data visualizations prepared by Du Bois and his team for the American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition is so modern as to be nearly anachronistic. Although the data visualizations were not the first of their kind, their aesthetic is "prescient," as Silas Munro writes, "anticipating the trends--now vital in our contemporary world--of design for social innovation, data visualization in service to social justice, and the decolonization of pedagogy." The introduction is also excellent, briefly providing historical and political context to the primary source materials. The editors explain the significance of these visualizations, which place the original study participants and the audience "as legitimate co-producers of sociological knowledge," as well as the power of data visualization as a tool that "helps communicate data while also generating new patterns and knowledge through the act of visualization itself." These plates represent a very contemporary approach to a social problem that still looms large in our country and will interest scholars of African American studies, design, data visualization, sociology, and history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. --Lauren Stern, SUNY Cortland

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Whitney Battle-Baptiste is the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at University of Massachusetts Amherst and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is the author of Black Feminist Archaeology .

Britt Rusert is an assistant professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture .

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