Content strategy, book authorship, and layout design for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)
MIRA works to protect and expand immigrants rights using a combined strategy of legal services, advocacy, emergency response, and education & organizing. In 2020, MIRA celebrated its 20th anniversary by commissioning a book to tell the story of its work in the deep south.
We facilitated a design-thinking workshop to identify key information, priorities, and goals for the project; then conducted dozens of interviews with Executive Director Bill Chandler, Attorney Patricia Ice, board President Jim Evans, and others. Drawing on oral history accounts, digital and print archives, news articles, and topical research, we crafted a narrative that demonstrates the power of their approach.
The book design was inspired by the rich visual history of protest movements. We made strategic choices with typography, using fonts created by Black American type designers Joshua Darden and Vocal Type Co; and the book was printed by Service Printers, a Black-owned, union shop in Jackson, Mississippi.