This publication delves into the fascinating world of linguistics and its connection to Queer identity. It sheds light on the gay language variety known as Polari, which was prevalent in 1950s England. The hand-stitched book is a visual and informative journey that combines archival photography from the Bishopsgate Institute, concise definitions of phrases, and insightful infographics that categorize the lexicon. The book also features an engaging interview with a Polari user, providing valuable first-hand insights into the language.
Targeting a young Queer audience, the publication takes a fresh and modern approach to graphic design, seamlessly blending historical influences with contemporary design elements to create an interactive and engaging experience. Whether you're a casual reader or a language aficionado, the publication offers a unique opportunity to understand the intricacies of Polari, both through its data visualizations and its comprehensive overview.
By presenting the lexicon through informative infographics and data visualizations, the reader is able to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of Polari and the extent to which it was used as a means of communicating within the LGBTQ+ community.
With the younger Queer audience in mind, the publication brings historical influences to life with a modern graphic design approach, creating an engaging, interactive, and educational experience that will keep Polari's legacy alive for future generations.