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Issue 010

Friday, June 19, 2020

It's Friday, 6/19. It's been a while since we've spoken. I took a brief hiatus, as only seemed appropriate, with much more important matters being discussed and reported on. 

In my continuous struggle to get the date right, I incorrectly marked today as 5/19, not 6/19. 

A few words.
 

Today is Juneteenth, an immensely important holiday for Black Americans, and admittedly, a holiday I didn't know existed until recently. Yes, that's how much I have to learn. If you, like me, are wondering what the heck Juneteenth is, here's a summary:
 
Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, June 19th is the day that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved African Americans there that they had been freed, two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered and two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued by Lincoln. They had been the last to receive this news. This was the end of the civil war, and hence, the end of slavery in America.

Historically celebrated by parades and barbecues, the 19th is rightfully gaining a lot more traction as of late, with more states beginning to officially recognize it, and companies like Twitter, Nike, and Target announcing it will be a company holiday. There's also a few petitions to make it a national holiday. Celebrations of Juneteenth will certainly look a little different this year, but also perhaps with renewed enthusiasm building on the protests in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and many others. 

In the past two weeks I've done a lot of learning, with still more yet to do. This has underscored, what is for me, a belief I live by, but perhaps haven't followed as well as I should've: We are all lifelong learners. The time for us to be humbled is always. The time for us to have our minds changed and challenged is always. The time for us to question the status quo is always. Keep absorbing.

Some visual stimuli.

Matt Willey's Typefaces on Sale with Proceeds to The Bail Project!
Shop Link
LEGACY Evolution Type by h3l
Behance Link
NB Akademie Pro 2020 Edition
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EQL Brand Identity / Experience Design by Tyodi Hyojin Lee, Kahyun Kim, Hwan Kim
Behance Link

A playlist.

A new mix, featuring BIPOC artists both more and lesser known, that I jam to regularly.

A collection of stories.

An upcoming documentary on and stories about BIPOC designers and creatives in an industry where they are wildly underrepresented. Take a look!
In closing, don't forget to keep listening and learning. The resources and links in this email are not exhaustive, we all, including myself, have a lot to still absorb.
That's all! It was great writing to you all again this week after a brief break. Just hit reply if you'd like to share your thoughts or feedback or more resources. Have a great week—stay inside and stay hungry.

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