History of Graphic Design: Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker (1951-2017)

original_rainbow__28510.1510272378 In 1978, Gilbert Baker created one of the most iconic graphic design icons known today, the pride flag.

Gilbert Baker was an artist and textile worker in the late 70’s, after being discharged from the army, he became a gay rights activist and created an array of window displays and flags for the paramount flag company. Baker created the pride flag in a gay community center in San Francisco by hand dying and sewing together eight colored strips of fabric; hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet. Representing sex, life, healing, sun, serenity with nature, art, harmony, and spirit. Today the flag only contains six colors, but the message still remains a vital part of the LGBTQ+ movement as well as a universally recognized symbol.

One thought on “History of Graphic Design: Gilbert Baker”

  1. It’s really amazing how one piece of art can really mean so much to so many people in the world. Just knowing that Baker made the first flag by hand, dying the fabric and sewing all the pieces together, expresses his devotion to the LGBTQ+ community, leaving his work as one of the most iconic pieces in today’s society.


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