January 14

11:30 to 12:30 Eastern Time

Keynote: They Were There Too

Reorienting Approaches to Writing Design Histories, presented by Briar Levit

In the brief period that graphic design history has been taken seriously, limited narratives have dominated. Today scholarship has grown considerably and it is from this continually expanding group of scholars that we will get the most complete, equitable and reflective understanding of our discipline. Briar focuses on why our history should be told by the many, rather than a few.

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Briar Levit spent her early career in publishing.She was previously the Art Director of Bitch magazine and a book designer. More recently, her feature-length documentary, Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production (2017) established an obsession with design history—particularly aspects not in the canon. She is currently collaborating on The People’s Graphic Design Archive and editing a book of essays about unheard design histories of women. Levit is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University.

Revealing Missing Design Stories, presented by Tasheka Arceneaux Sutton

Little is known about Black people that made significant contributions to the history of graphic design. Although there are many untold stories, this talk will focus on the achievements and the lifelong work of Louise E. Jefferson, a Black woman calligrapher, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer.

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Tasheka Arceneaux Sutton is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Southeastern Louisiana University, Faculty in the MFA program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts and runs a design studio called Blacvoice. Tasheka received her MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in English from Loyola University New Orleans.

Retooling Resources: Democratizing History Research, presented by Louise Sandhaus

With few archives and researchers, much of graphic design history is disappearing and many stories are going untold. Thanks to a new crowd-sourced virtual archive, "the people" can decide what work should be preserved and collectively decide what should be part of our diverse history.

Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and is Louise Sandhaus headshotfaculty at California Institute of the Arts. She is founder and co-director of The People’s Graphic Design Archive, a crowd-sourced virtual archive, author of Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986 and co-author of A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, Designer. Louise is an AIGA LA Fellow and in 2017 received the Design Icon Award from Los Angeles Design Festival.


1:00 to 2:00 PM

Themed Session: Equity [within all spaces]

  • How can we better integrate inclusion, accessibility, and equal opportunities for all students and participants in education?


3 Presentations + Discussion

- Hegemony and Design Education
Presented by Brian DeLevie, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

- Designing Social Justice
Presented by Robin Landa, Distinguished Professor, Kean University

- Design feedback sprint sessions produce ACE (Actively and Creatively Engaged) students 

Presented by Nicki Wragg, Associate Professor, Chair, Communication Design; Lauren Martyn, Lecturer, Swinburne Online; Judy Worthington, Lecturer, Swinburne Online at Swinburne University of Technology


2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Themed Session: Embrace [the classroom]



What does the future classroom look like? What are the methodologies, technology and/or practices we need to embrace to move forward?


3 Presentations + Discussion

- Health + Design: Expanding the undergraduate curriculum to embrace real world problems
Presented by Gillian Harvey, Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada

- Design Studio-Based Design Learning (SBDL)
Presented by Aidan Rowe, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada

- Embracing Equitable Remote Learning
Presented by Saskia van Kampen & Ellen Christensen, Design Practitioners & Assistant Professors within the Visual Communication Design program at San Francisco State University, USA