Still Designing: Design Combats Racism In A New Book

Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism, 100 Ways To Change The Narrative is a new hard-hitting collaboration between Kieron and Harper Collins. The new book shares the stories of 100 black Britons, accompanied by designs crafted by Kieron Lewis, to help set up a true conversation about racism in the UK today.

“As a black designer, it was almost impossible just to lay the content out and not feel angry or saddened by what I was reading,” Kieron told Creative Boom. “Heartbreaking experiences and degrading words used to describe my brothers and sisters really hit home for me.”

Still Breathing features accounts by Beverley Knight, David Lammy, Kwame Armah and Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and has been edited by actresses Suzanne Packer and Suzette Llewellyn. 

The painful and authentic accounts highlight both the implicit and explicit elements of racism in Britain from systemic prejudices to damaging and offensive stereotypes. Kieron adds that “as long as we keep the conversation going, create more publications such as this one, and make people feel uncomfortable by exposing the truth, we’re going in the right direction! […] In my opinion, if everyone had the same layout (which for a book of this size is common), then it would certainly dilute the emphasis of how important/different everyone’s story is, despite the underlining narrative of racism.”

Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism, 100 Ways To Change The Narrative is available to order now. 

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