Recent graduate MA Graphic Media Design - London College of Communication.
As a gay man, a lot of my personal design and art work is queer focused. As a London based designer, I believe we have a social responsibility to create accessible discursive design which raises awareness around pressing sociological issues. As a politically engaged person, I seek to create work which can facilitate a more open dialogue around LGBTQ+ issues. As a white cis-man, I acknowledge my privilege over other factions within the LGBTQ+ community.
For my major project I wanted to examine how the commodification of homosexuality and the changing depiction of queer culture over the past four decades has led to the marginalisation of the wider LGBTQ+ community within mainstream queer media.I believe a clear, visual representation of this change exists on the cover pages of Gay Times magazine.
In my personal archive which spans from May 1984 to Sept 2017, there has been 420 covers, with some years featuring more than 12 issues, as multiple monthly covers or special editions became more common place in the last decade. Over this time, 77% of the covers featured a white cis-male as it’s focus. Covers which featured women and men of colour (in most cases accompanied by a white man) account to 6% each respectively. The work contained on this site is my attempt to translate this subject matter into a digestible visual format.