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.
Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines. The design and print industries used a variety of ways to get type and image onto film, plates, and finally to the printed page.
Graphic Means is a journey through this transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today
The screening will be introduced by the film director Briar Levit.
Run time: 84 minutes