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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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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.
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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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Neil Fujita: The Man Behind the Look and Feel of Jazz

Neil Fujita's bold works, filled with life and vigor animated milestone jazz albums and book covers, illustrating the music of such greats as Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck. His influence is seen in music and also in Hollywood cinema.
Saul Bass in 1985. | Tony Barnard/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
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Saul Bass' Graphics Behind Hitchcock's Most Loved Films

Graphic designer Saul Bass knew how to hook audiences into a film. He worked on three films for Alfred Hitchcock, which went on to become some of the director's best-known and most-loved projects.
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John Van Hamersveld and the Poster Revolution

John Van Hamersveld's iconic album covers and posters have secured his place in design history. 
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