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We're coming to the end of the shortest month on the calendar but also one of the most important celebrations—Black History Month!

Have you learned something new? No? 

Well, here: Did you know that this month was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 20?

What about...

If you've left this last box unticked, The Ranch is here to help you out. Because, well, learning about Black history certainly shouldn't be limited to one brief month.

Read on and link in to put these amazing folks in your feed and on your radar.

Black Creatives "On Point"

All it took was good ol' Google research to realize that some seriously prominent designers and leaders have been left out of our mainstream design schooling and learning.

Below, we highlight 3 very diverse creatives who have all had (and will continue to have) an impact in data storytelling, art and typography.


If this is true for design, think about what other spaces and industries from which Black folks have been obscured from the spotlight—Sports! Science! (C'mon we've all seen Hidden Figures, right?)

GhostRanch challenges YOU to do some Googlin' on Black history and leaders within your own interests or industry. Ranchero Lindsay said "I had no idea how much Gail Anderson was part of my design history."

Let's re-learn who else is part of our history.
  • Motion infographic designer, speaker & entrepreneur
  • Breaks down complex policies and social justice issues, focusing on data equity in the US
  • Puts on bomb workshops on how to collect and utilize data for Grassroots organizing efforts 
  • More than a graphic designer, Anderson's experimentation with typography has landed her gigs with RollingStone and is the author or co-author of 16 books 
  • Anderson’s design of the postage stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation sold over 50 million copies
  • First African American to be awarded the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement 

Aaron Douglas - Harlem Renaissance Pioneer

  • Born in 1899, Douglas created murals depicting racial issues and segregation in the US
  • Douglas’ style combined Art Deco + Art Nouveau + references to African masks, dance and figures
  • His famous “Aspects of Negro Life” (pictured above) mural might look familiar
  • He taught art in high schools until doing a magazine cover art in the 1920s, making himself a sought-after artist

~ Rapid-fire Roundup ~

Custom furniture & design 
Made up of duo Bo Shepherd and Kyle Dubay, Woodward Throwbacks is based out of Detroit, MI. What started as a project biking around the city and figuring out how to re-use and upcycle old furniture, has turned into a full-blown custom shop and architectural design collaborative. 
Bugs87
With a style self-described as "left-handed illustrations with a digital garnish," Joonbug is C O O L. From digital artist posters of Rihanna and Diplo to Nike kicks — Oakland-based Bugs87 is well worth your attention
Gravillis
A full service design studio with a knack for keeping things thought-provoking. The LA-based group has worked with Vince Staples and Common, branding the rapper's 2018 Oscar's performance. Plus, we're a sucker for a great culture reel—see below.
Anti-Racism Daily
Fight the good fight in your inbox! Daily actions and well-summarized info on fighting white supremacy and why it's gonna take all of us to do it. 
Sustainable, ethical product design
To say Demestik's collection of bold patterns made from sustainable materials are "eye-catching" is an understatement. Their COVID-safe masks are EXTRA—and we love it. 
Shop Black-owned
Miiriya is an "Amazon-killer app" that hosts a huge selection of Black-owned, Black-made fashion, art, jewelry and beauty products all in one place! Get some inspo on IG and download the app to make a purchase
Let your freak flag fly
Blacksheep Collective is a lifestyle brand that encourages folks to embrace their individuality. "Be not conformed" looks pretty awesome on their merch. 
LA-based design studio Gravillis Culture Reel
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