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Graphic Design

As visual language becomes lingua franca in an image-driven 21st century, explore how California graphic designers have shaped global aesthetics and social movements, from counterculture and the Civil Rights era until today.
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Two women stand in front of a large and colorful mural. The mural consists of images segregated in their own square, each with their own color block background. One of the squares is yellow with a frog. Another square is pink with the image of a dark-skinned woman with long hair and holding a baby. Other imagery on the tiles include California poppies, corn, a hummingbird, the earth, butterflies and two hands holding soil.
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How a Santa Barbara Artist Uses Digital Art to Spread Chicanx Pride

Bright and colorful Santa Barbara-based artist adriana la artista's digital design unpack the often too-hidden histories of Chicanx people, elders, artists, immigrants, activists and community leaders.
 Participants make zines at a zine-making pop-up at Patria Coffee in 2018.
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Zine Collections Showcase and Amplify Diverse Voices Even in the Age of Social Media

The simple fact that anyone can make a zine, regardless of whether or not they know how to use InDesign or have the money for a large press run, opens up the medium to a bevy of voices.
A pile of zines, small independently-published work. Most of the zines have Halloween and goth-themed artwork.
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Want to Make a Zine? These Zine Makers Have Tips For Getting Started.

When it comes to making zines, there are no fixed rules. These homemade magazines can be handwritten on notebook paper or typed into a computer layout. Three zinesters share tips, advice and inspiration for getting started.
A family walks past a mural of the different Central American countires.
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Photo Essay: The Hand-Painted Signs and Murals of Latinx L.A

Sign painters and muralists helped create the visual language of Los Angeles.
A print of the April 1975 issue of Gidra with Asian American students on the cover.
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A 1970s Provocative Magazine That Fought Anti-Asian Sentiment

What started as a monthly paper in 1969 geared towards Asian American students at UCLA soon expanded to the greater Los Angeles community.
Educators at Immaculate Heart College (image courtesy the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community).jpg
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A Tour Through Design and Social Activism in L.A. From 1960s to Today

From the socially progressive prints of Sister Corita to the first major gay publication in the U.S., Los Angeles has a rich history of diverse visual expressions that are an intersection of graphic design and social activism.
A poster for Women in Design Conference at the Woman's Building designed by Sheila de Bretteville.
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In Graphic Design, What Does It Mean to be Accessible?

Issues of accessibility have long been woven through all facets of graphic design and can especially be seen in Los Angeles during the late 1960s and early '70s.
A graphic design poster of Malcolm X made by Emory Douglas.
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In California, a Legacy of Political Protest Through Graphic Design Lives On

The flowering of grassroots social movements in California in the 1960s and '70s led to concurrent flourishing of graphic innovation as a form of collective action. Designers today continue this legacy, using their practices to inspire change and raise up global fights for justice.
A colorful mural showing purple octopus, kelp, pelicans and fish.
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California Continues to Rewrite the Rules of Design

The visual language that has emerged from the Golden State continues to rewrite the rules of design through the unrestrained use of color, stylistic hybridity and the juxtaposition of high and low culture.
Print Lab doors, CalArts 2020 | Michael Worthington
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CalArts Poster Archive Preserves Weird and Wonderful Experiments in Graphic Design

One of the most prominent and anonymous voices in CalArts is its student graphic designers. Their experiments — alternately spectacular, unreadable, forgettable and unforgettable — now live in an archive.
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