Isometric Studio

Princeton University LGBT Center

Princeton University LGBT Center

Visual IdentityPublicationWebsite

 

Identity for Princeton center serving the LGBTQIA campus community

Blurring boundaries, affirming community

Beyond simply professionalizing their identity, the Princeton University LGBT Center sought to move away from traditional rainbow branding that could potentially alienate students in need of support. This design deconstructs the rainbow into its constituent segments to visualize the soft contours of identity. With custom photography and ethnographic vignettes, the design emphasizes the personal stories of LGBT students, focusing on intersectional identities and underrepresented perspectives.

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Personalizing the political

The project began with ethnographic interviews and photography with students, resulting in a series of portraits and a poster campaign that nuanced the discussion on LGBT identity at Princeton through evocative personal narratives. This moves the discussion of LGBT rights towards a deeper reading of individual identities inflected with the context of personal history and complexity. No person’s story is the same, and every individual should have the space to stand in their truth.

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“We really wanted a Center that was warm and welcoming in all these different respects, and one of the ways to do that was to take pictures of real students who actually go here and spend time in the center.”
—Lily Gellman ’17, Princeton Student
“It can feel inevitable to students to have identity centers on campus, but we can't take this work for granted. The new visual identity is a reminder that LGBTQIA people are here, and that it’s really important that we are here.”
—Judy Jarvis, LGBT Center Director
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