We Made This: Technical challenge
Sarah Snaith talks to Briar Levit, director of a new film on the history of graphic design
The feature-length documentary film Graphic Means, directed and produced by designer Briar Levit, explores the history of graphic design production in the period between the era of the ‘hot metal’ Linotype typesetting machine and the widespread adoption of desktop computing.
Briar Levit, director and producer of Graphic Means.
Top: Scene from Graphic Means in which designer Lucille Tenazas shows the ‘mechanicals’ for a 1987 AIGA poster. The marked-up overlay instructs the repro house which colours and tints should be used to make offset litho plates.
Sarah Snaith, design writer, visiting tutor, RCA, London
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