Briar Levit is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University, and graduate of Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. Originally from the California Bay Area, her graphic design practice consists primarily of page design, with a special interest in independent magazine publishing, small presses, and walking guides (which she has self published). Most recently, she completed her biggest project to-date—directing and producing the feature-length film, Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production.
In the 90s, graphic designers reckoned with the concept of the designer as author—the idea that graphic designers could create a narrative as well as shape it visually. It took some convincing, but today it’s a generally accepted part of the discipline. And what a time to have “permission” to create our own stories! The tools and technology to make and distribute them are more accessible than ever. In this talk I will investigate how my graphic design experience informed the making of my first feature-length documentary, Graphic Means, from concept to editing to promotion.