Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

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Tuesday September 19, 2017

Hosted at: Stamm Media

5:00 pm — 9:00 pm

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C2 Invites You to a Screening of 

“Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production”

Produced, written and directed by Briar Levit

Presented by C2
Hosted by Stamm Media, 1207 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tuesday, September 19th
Registration Fee: $5.00

Schedule of Events:
5:00-6:15pm:  Check In and Creative Organization Expo
6:30pm SHARP: Screening begins
8:00pm: Skype Q&A with director, writer and producer Briar Levit

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.

Prior to the screening, we will be hosting the Creative Organization Expo with our industry partners:
414digital, Ad 2 Milwaukee, AIGA-Wisconsin, Brew City UX Meetup, Catalyst Social Hour, Graphic Design Meetup/Milwaukee Adobe User Group, InDesign User Group, Milwaukee Portfolio SchoolUnited Adworkers.

Briar Levit is an assistant professor of graphic design at Portland State University, and holds a master’s in communication design from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in the UK. She came up as a designer in San Francisco in the late 1990s, and missed the cold type era by just a few years.

Briar cut her teeth as a designer working in-house for Discovery Channel Stores, and not long after that became art director at magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Her graphic design focus and practice consists primarily of publication design, with a special interest in independent publishing, small presses, and hiking guides (a few of which she has self-published).

Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production was a significant jump out of her comfort zone—but once the idea came to her, it simply wouldn’t go away. She has been working on the film since 2014, while teaching design full time.

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