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Intriguing New Film On Evolution Of Graphic Design That Creatives Should Watch
By Hannah Sofea, 24 Apr 2017
Image via Graphic Means
Graphic Means, a documentary charting the evolution of graphic design production, debuted on 15 April at the ByDesign film festival in Seattle.
A film done by Briar Levit, Graphic Means celebrates the 30 years since desktop publishing transformed the graphics industry, whilst traversing the progression and advancement to this point from the 1950s.
On the documentary’s website, Levit expresses, “For decades before [desktop computers], it was the hands of industrious workers and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer.”
The film highlights interviews with various influential names in the graphic design industry, such as Steven Heller, Elle Lupton, and Ken Garland.
On what had inspired Levit—who is also an assistant professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University—to produce such a film, she explains, “It occurred to me that if I knew so little, my graphic design students know even less! So with this, I set out to document the tools, processes and people of this brief moment in the design world.”
This funded documentary is now being screened at various events and festivals, before its very own DVD and streaming releases later this year. It is expected to load on platforms such as iTunes and Amazon by the beginning of 2018, and is currently campaigning for a feature on Netflix.
Watch the trailer for Graphic Means below.
[via It’s Nice That, video via Briar Levit, image via Graphic Means]
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