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Video, A History of Facial Measurement

This is a Video. It was designed by Jessica Helfand. Its medium is video. It is a part of the department.

Judging a person's character from their facial features has a long history, linked to racial stereotypes and criminal profiling. For centures, artists and scientists have measured and codified facial features. These practices often serve ideologies of white racial superiority and the belief that moral character is written on the face and skull.

Jessica Helfand is a designer, writer, and historian. She is a founding editor of Design Observer and the author of numerous books on design and cultural criticism. Her latest book is Face: A Visual Odyssey (MIT Press, 2019).

It is credited Courtesy of Jessica Helfand.

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