Just Spaces: Towards a Queer Methodology in Visual Communication Design

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This project presents a Queer Methodology by imagining and designing safe spaces. It argues for the reorientation of design research by exploring gentle, sensitive, slow and non-repeatable methods in Queer visual communication design. This exploration takes place in two ways; firstly through the design of two collaborative workshops, and secondly the subsequent visual translation of those workshops. The methods outlined by this Queer Methodology seek to challenge heteronormative practices in design research. Challenging these practices and norms is not ‘about assimilation or resistance, but about inhabiting norms differently’ (Ahmed, 2004 p. 155). It requires imagination, creativity and optimism. This Queer Methodology seeks to establish ‘Queer’ modes of translating, making, sharing, designing and distributing that can be applied to the complex navigation of Queer and non-Queer spaces. The resulting exhibition ‘Just Spaces’ explores the potential of a Queer Methodology in visual communication design.
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