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  • Anti-racist framework created by Illinois art professor helps identify racialized design

    Image of a board game with cards, instruction manual and dice

    Graphic design professor Lisa Mercer co-developed Racism Untaught, a framework that uses the design research process to explore issues of racism and other forms of oppression. She uses the framework in her classroom and in workshops for universities and corporations to identify design that perpetuates racism.

    Life’s a Bridge is a board game developed by a student in Mercer’s class. It is designed to teach about power and privilege in society through the example of the design of bridges into New York City that were too low to accommodate public buses, whose passengers were mostly people of color.

    Courtesy Lisa Mercer


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Lisa Mercer, email More information about Racism Untaught is available online.