About the Event

If you were born after 1984, the year the Macintosh was introduced, chances are that you missed traditional graphic design and print production processes by a decade or so, like Briar Levit, an associate professor of graphic design at Portland State University. Levit worked almost exclusively on a computer throughout her education and graphic design practice, but her fascination with the design and production methods that preceded the digital era led to collecting books and manuals and eventually to making Graphic Means. The documentary explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s when hands of industrious workers and various ingenious machines and tools brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards before they were sent to the printer. Enjoy a free screening of Graphic Means during San Diego Design Week, September 9–13, 2020.

Watch the Graphic Means trailer here.


Photo Credit: Briar Levit

About Design Innovation Institute

Co-founders Calvin Woo and Susan Merritt, longtime members of the local and international design communities, were inspired to launch Design Innovation Institute to promote awareness and appreciation of design as a way of enhancing and enriching life, foster cooperation between disciplines and across cultural boundaries, feature innovative design solutions, and support applied and scholarly research on design, its processes and systems.
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