Back in 1900, Activist W. E. B. Du Bois was Using Infographics to Challenge White Supremacy #Design

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Back in 1900, Activist W. E. B. Du Bois was Using Infographics to Challenge White Supremacy

The creation of the charts was a collaborative process with a team of students and alumni from historically black Atlanta University. Together, they compiled data from records such as the United States census and research by Du Bois’ sociological laboratory, looking into subjects like the income and expenditure of black families, property ownership and the number of African American businessmen, teachers and black-owned media organisations. Although data visualisation techniques like bar and pie charts date back to the 1700s and 1800s, Du Bois used many experimental chart forms, and played with visualisation techniques to make an impact. “He used a spiral shape several times in place of a straight bar, to emphasise figures so large that they couldn’t fit onto the page – this was not conventional practice,” says Katie. “The charts were also very modern in their use of colour. We still get a sense of their vibrancy over…

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