Design Educators Conference Webinar: They Were There Too

The RGD is pleased to announce the second Design Educators Conference Webinar: They Were There Too.


In 2021, the 5th Design Educators Conference will consist of: 2 Keynote Presentations and 12 Themed Concurrent Sessions. The Conference's 5 themes are: Empower (the learners), Embrace (the classroom), Expand (the experience), Engage (with external participation) and Equity (within all spaces).


Webinar: They Were There Too

Date: Friday, January 29th at 1:00 PM ET


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They Where 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.Tasheka Sutton headshot

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.
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Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and isfaculty 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.