This research publication, in whatever form it’s currently inhabiting (be it a screen, photoshop mockup, indesign file, or actual book) exists as an attempt to establish a narrative in design which is decidedly queer. What this means today I think is very much up to interpretation. One can exist and perform queerness in both intentional and unintentional ways, a direct or indirect abstinence from a norm feels inherently queer but to simply say that anything and everything acting to push away from the “mainstream” also feels way too simple. There are questions to be resolved within

the work presented here and the work not found/not presented. That being said, allow this information to inform and inspire you to see forms of collaboration, resistance, and power in agitation against heteronormative visual systems of understanding. You are just as important as the work residing below. Reading something as queer is just as important, to come at something with a different mindset for digestion, just as valuable as creating work which tugs in new directions. By allowing for new questions and critique, alternative paths of thought and new platforms of visual legitimacy are created.

Queer Art of Failure

Jack Halberstam

Finding alternatives to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative society. Failure can offer more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido. This text proves useful for it’s application of queer theory to design. What is considered successful and what is the framework which supports this idea of success?

Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto

Legacy Russel

Discussion of whether the aberrations or errors which are often cast as something to be fixed are actually emancipatory and identity formed through the Internet rather than in spite of. Similar to Queer Art of Failure in terms of meausuring sucess through alternative forms of expression. Through these alternative forms, new identities are allowed to exist and breathe outside of a given or understand mainstream framework of existence.

Glitch Art in Theory and Practice

Michael Betancourt

At what point does an interventionist or hacker aesthetic become a political gesture or institutional critique rather than being recuperated as trendy Formalist technique? Slightly different from Glitch Feminism in the ways in which this text is examining Glitches as an aesthetic not necessarily as a metaphor for pushing into new realities, but ultimately useful for a general framework of the glitch itself. I am curious as to the ways in which this logic can be applied to earlier forms of underground aesthetics.

Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

Jose Esteban Munoz

This text argues that the LGBT agenda for too long has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. Cruising Utopia seeks to broaden the agenda by looking ahead. By examining the work of contemporary and past fine artists, Munoz contends that queerness is instead a futurity bound phenomenon, a "not yet here" that critically engages pragmatic presentism. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, Cruising Utopia argues that the here and now are not enough and issues an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination.


Paul Soulellis

A narrative which contends that publishing is and has always been political. This essay informs of all the ways in which publishing and the act of making something public can inspire change and mobilize communities. From the Black Panther’s Newsletter to instagram stories now, Soulellis examines how these manifestos and narratives are constructed and shared across networks. This text is useful in questioning the status quo of attention while digging deeper into past publications which while effective, are not as recognized today as they should be.

Alejandro Molestina is a graphic designer currently working at WIEDEN+KENNEDY. He is a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). For any more information please reach out to the email below: 

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