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My Coming Out Designs and Story

cute gay card

Celebrate the first day of feeling free and coming out.

National Coming Out Day is on Sunday October 11th and to celebrate I have designed a series of cards to help make the process fun and make it more lighthearted. It also made me think out my experience and even though I realise it isn’t particularly Hollyoaks and I’m not a celebrity or gym fit guy, I enjoyed discovering my old diaries and writing my story.


Back in the 90’s when I was 9, Clarissa was Explaining It All and the pink electronic Dear Diary toy for girls were big, so I decided to start writing my own diary. I kept writing until I was 21 and forgot about them until recently. Reading them back reminded me of a life I completely forgot or blocked out prior to coming out to my friends and family. 

Until I started my GCSE’s all seemed fine, the most exciting entries before were along the lines of my sister not liking her omelet or loving hedgehogs. But then more and more I started to write about hating myself, hating my life and feeling lonely. The older I got the more I grew apart from my friends and the more time I spent at home on my own, worrying about who I was. I had always felt different from everyone else, I just always felt like I could hide it and will myself to change.

When I was 18 I first wrote in my diary and told myself that I was gay. Reading it back I felt like I was there again, wanting to be like everyone else and to have a family and life with a girl. I knew even then I shouldn’t feel guilty about being gay though. I just didn’t know how to deal with it or ever bring it up in conversation to get advice from anyone.

For a year and a half I didn’t tell anyone, even though I knew who I was. My diary entries became even more lonely and worrying about the future. On May 25th 2007 I told my best friend Becky I was gay. I was too scared to even say the word gay, so I gave her a letter. We didn’t really talk about it, she hugged me and we got on with our day. I told myself the hardest part was done. It wasn’t a secret only I had now and I realised being out as gay to someone hadn’t instantly changed my friendship like I worried.

Mum son coming out

Two months later I told my Mum. Writing a letter had worked out so I wrote one again. Once it was written I knew I couldn’t bottle out. Asking her if we could talk didn’t get a great reaction alone, my family all love each other but we find it easier not to say it out loud much. When I did give her the letter she screwed it up and gave it back, saying it was my choice and that she didn’t know what to say, as she had never been in this situation before. I knew it could have been worse and put it down to shock.

After then we didn’t speak about it ever. It made things go back to normal. I was going to Uni that year so I knew it was off my chest and with a new group of people I could just be me, without the fear of my parents finding out. My Mum even met a guy I was seeing while at uni and realised that being gay didn’t mean I would change or that other gay people were what she had imagined or that are represented in the media.

“From the moment I came out, everything did get better. I met amazing people, went to  amazing places and was loving being myself.”

From the moment I came out, everything did get better. I met amazing people, went to amazing places and was loving being myself. Now, 8 years after I came out I have Adam. I know I have met the person I want to grow old with and am setting up my own shop with him which I never thought I would have the confidence to do. I have a great relationship with my Mum and all my family which was always my main worry. If my younger self saw me now he would think I was ‘pretty gay’ and cringed to death. Now whatever I do I’m proud about about and even more importantly I’m happy I’m pretty gay.

Still Me Coming out gay lesbian Pride card

Mine and Adams work at 11 Rugby Road is currently at The Fishing Quarter pop-up gallery and at our flat for the Christmas Artist Open Houses. The coming out cards are available from our website 11RugbyRoad.com. They are available blank inside just waiting for your story.

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Life or Death design

Working with Chelsea Funeral Directors, I have designed a campaign that aims to put Celebrating Life at the heart of dealing with death. 

Westminster Cathedral magazine Advert for Chelsea Funeral Directos

Westminster Cathedral magazine Advert for Chelsea Funeral Directors

Funeral care is something we accept as being a bit morbid and generally scary, this campaign aims to bring a breath of fresh air in an often taboo subject. With the approval of Westminster Cathedral, the head of the Catholic Church in England, this campaign by the family run Funeral Directors is a breath of fresh air focusing on life rather than death.

Chelsea Westminster Cathedral Church England Funeral Positive

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Hello!

Modern clean portfolio CV design  Hello! I’ve had a little spruce up of my portfolio taster which is available on the About tab. Or by click HERE if you’re a bit lazy.

Hello World

As part of a brief designed to introduce myself to total strangers, I created this double spread which I’ve resized to fit better onscreen.

I wanted to pack as much information in as possible whilst sticking to the word limit. Hopefully I got across a little bit of what I am like!

Dan Mackey

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My ‘Family’ Business Card Design

I have been doing an update of my own branding including my portfolio taster, CV and business cards. As it is hard to stand out from other great graphic design and make things personable to me, I have chosen to introduce my distant family members to everyone I pass my cards out to. Taken from a scrap-book handed down in my family, I’ve chosen some of the real life family characters that stuck out to me.

Hopefully they stick out to others and make an impression. One thing I feel about graphic design mailers and identity design is that they do work best when simple and modern, but often lose the personal touch that sets each of us apart.

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Identity & Logo Design

Just a quick selection of identity and logo artwork I’ve worked on. Some different takes on alternative identities for some projects that never go any further, hence the repeats of brand names.  I enjoy summing up a whole brands work by the use of creating just a little logo.

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