“Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ” by Andy Campbell— An Illustrated History

Campbell, Andy. “Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ”, Black Dog & Leventhal, 2017.

An Illustrated History

Amos Lassen

Andy Campbell’s “Queer X Design” is the first illustrated history of the iconic designs, symbols, and graphic art that represent more than 5 decades of LGBTQ pride and activism–from the evolution of Gilbert Baker’s rainbow flag to the NYC Pride typeface launched in 2017 and beyond.

This is one of those fun books that can be looked at again and again. It is organized by decade from the days of pre-liberation through the seventies to and through the millennium. It is both uplifting and inspiring as well as a colorful celebration of the symbols that have been with us along the way. Liberation is a movement that constantly evolves and while we have made great strides there is still a lot to do.

 Included in the collection are Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow flag, ACT-UP’s Silence = Death poster, the AIDS quilt, and Keith Haring’s “Heritage of Pride” logo, as well as the original Lavender Menace t-shirt design, logos such as “The Pleasure Chest,”. There are protest buttons such as “Anita Bryant Sucks Oranges,” and sidebars throughout will cover important visual grouping such as a “Lexicon of Pride Flags,” that explains the now more than flags that represent segments of the community. Of course, the  pink triangle is here as well.

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