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Mark

Manifesto

BlackSpace / Iconography
I worked with the BlackSpace Board to design a visual iconographic system for their Manifesto. They gave me creative freedom to interpret this living and breathing document of principles from my own perspective as a Black designer. 

The Manifesto will be featured in the Oakland Museum of California’s Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism this year.

It’s also downloadable from BlackSpace’s website here.



After receiving the BlackSpace brand assets, I worked with the board to narrow down options for typographic, color palette, and patterned mood boards options. 

My initial draft emphasized the Manifesto’s numbers because in my interpretation, I believed it was important to read each principle sequentially.



The board provided me with feedback that pointed me in a very different direction, one that emphasized a more symbolic icon set. I returned to the African patterns and symbology the team had resonated with during the mood boarding phase of the project, and began cutting out gestural icons.

This off-computer exercise helped provide a set of 14 icons that BlackSpace continues to use in their Brooklyn community workshops and their website, where they provide copies of the Manifesto for the public.