“I try to avoid doing any work that I feel ambivalent about”: Jerome Harris on his socially engaged design practice

The American designer discusses a range of roles and projects in his career thus far, from researching 20th Century African American graphic designers to teaching choreography online.  

16 September 2020


Jerome Harris likes to open with all the places he’s ever lived because it provides an important backdrop to his multi-disciplinary design practice. In an extensive career to date, Jerome has been a dancer, DJ, elementary school teacher, researcher, advertising employee and to top it all off, a graphic designer throughout it all. All these roles have fed into his community-based practice with time and importantly, as he told us during August’s Nicer Tuesdays, “I try to avoid doing any work that I feel ambivalent about.”

Talking us through his vast output (with many a dance video thrown in the mix), the American designer discussed his socially impactful work including the design of the recently released Wild Wild Wild West & Haunting Of The Seahorse by Johnathan Lyndon Chase, and To The Front: Black Women and The Vote, designed in collaboration with Rush Jackson, chronicling Black suffragettes and Black women’s impact on voting in the US.  

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