March 31, 2020

Now on Video from In/Visible Talks 2020: Jerome Harris on “What Makes My Work, My Work?”

Dancer, DJ, designer, modern-day Renaissance man Jerome Harris shared images and stories from his creative journey.

As we move through our creative processes, we collect life experiences, we overcome challenges, we explore how we might become the next, better versions of ourselves.

Jerome Harris worked through each of these steps on his journey to become the fully realized creative he is today, and in his talk at the In/Visible Talks conference in January 2020, he shared with us some images and stories of his “experimental periods”—which included stints as a dancer, choreographer, and self-taught graphic designer. Jerome now holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and works as the Design Director of Housing Works, a nonprofit organization fighting the HIV/AIDS and homelessness crisis in New York City.

To get to a place where he could embrace who he was and what he was meant to do, Jerome went through a self-directed survey, what he called an “audit”. As he shared his process with us, he encouraged us to take stock of what is influencing us and experiment with ideas, empathy, vulnerability, pop culture, and community. He knew he was destined to be a creative, he said as he encouraged us to follow our passions, because “I was doing it all along.”

For inspiration as you find your own way, check out the video of Jerome’s talk below or on Vimeo here.