With testimonials from Beverley Knight, David Lammy, Kwame Armah and Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism, 100 Ways To Change The Narrative is a powerful new collaboration between Kieron and Harper Collins. Edited by actresses Suzanne Packer and Suzette Llewellyn, the project was an emotionally exhausting baptism of fire for the D&AD Awards judge.
“As a black designer, it was almost impossible to just present the content and not be angry or saddened by what I was reading,” Kieron told Creative Boom. “The heartbreaking experiences and degrading words used to describe my siblings really touched me.”
The powerful and painful testimonies, which Kieron says will make the reader – “especially if you are not a person of color” – underscore how far Britain has to go to achieve racial equality.
“The brutal truth is that racism will always be ingrained in our society,” Kieron adds. “This will unfortunately be an ongoing issue and one that will not be resolved in my lifetime, or maybe even my grandchildren’s. But, as long as we keep the conversation going, create more posts like this and make it happen. so that people feel uncomfortable exposing the truth, we are going in the right direction! “
To do the content justice, Kieron highlighted the key elements and created unique typographic layouts to emphasize what the contributors were trying to convey. “In my opinion, if everyone had the same layout (which is common for a book of this size) it would certainly dilute the emphasis on the importance / different of each other’s story, despite the underlying narrative of racism, ”he explains.
Seeing the benefits that a publication such as Still Breathing can bring to communities of all races has helped Kieron persevere with the project: “I sincerely believe that this publication will be one that will be used as a tool to help educate for many years. years to come. . Not just in the UK, but around the world! “
Still Breathing: 100 Dark Voices on Racism, 100 Ways to Change the Narrative available to order now.