As, Not For exhibition celebrates black graphic designers

The show, held at Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art, brings together work by African-American designers of the last 100 years – everything from Snoop Dogg album sleeves to Malcolm X movie posters

As, Not For, attempts to fill in some of the blanks of the design education, which often focuses on white designers to the exclusion of designers of colour. Curator Jerome Harris was prompted to stage the show by a research project he’d worked on about Buddy Esquire – who created hundreds of flyers for Bronx hip hop events in the 1980s. “There were very few sources about him, his methods, and his impact on hip hop culture,” explains Harris, who is also a Graphic Design Teaching Fellow at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). “I figured he couldn’t be the only African-American designer being excluded from graphic design history, and this proved to be true.”

Why do I need to register?

Every month, hundreds of thousands of people visit us here on our website. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. We just ask you to provide a few details about yourself and what you do. Don't worry, we won't share your information with anyone, unless you give us permission to do so. In return you can:

Submit your work

Send us your latest projects, which we will review and consider to be featured on our website or in the print magazine.

Receive our newsletter

Get the latest creative insight and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox, in a newsletter curated by the CR editorial team.

Subscribe for more from CR

Subscribe to Creative Review to access all our premium online content, the digital archive which includes over 400 issues of the magazine and much more.


Halesworth, Suffolk


Halesworth, Suffolk