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Artbound: Graphic Design

A young girl stands in the foreground with a backdrop of flying birds and a halo of concentric circles.
Detail of Ernesto Yerena Montejano's "Indigenous Roots Reclaimed"
The Power of Accessible Art
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Graphic Design can be a powerful tool in the image-driven 21st century. In Artbound’s digital series, you can explore how California graphic designers have shaped global aesthetics and social movements, from counterculture and the Civil Rights era until today.

One of graphic design’s strengths is its ability to make art more accessible — taking it out of the museum and creating space for the public to create, build community and share their voice. In this module, you can explore how artists used and continue to use their work to make a statement, along with a “Make Your Own Zine” activity to make your own impactful art!

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Below are materials to download clips, learn more, make your own zine and share it.

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Corita Kent: The Pop Art Nun

Sister Corita has inspired and motivated an entire new generation of graphic designers.
Corita Kent: The Pop Art Nun

At a time when pop art was finding its footing and the nation was in a state of upheaval, Sister Corita helped make art more accessible to the public. This episode charts her art practice and her effect on generations after her. Using the classroom as a tool for a more approachable way to think about art, Sister Corita has inspired and motivated an entire new generation of graphic designers.

  • Download Episode (18:16)
  • Download Clip: Sister Corita Brought Art Outside the museum (4:35)
  • Download Clip: Self Help Graphics Makes Art Accessible (4:47)

Emory Douglas: The Black Panther Artist

This episode follows Emory Douglas and the visual imagery of protest in the country.
Emory Douglas: The Black Panther Artist

At its peak, the Black Panther newspaper publication had the highest circulation of any paper in the country. Behind the its powerful illustrations was Emory Douglas. This episode follows how Douglas created a visual language that uplifted the Black community’s image of itself amid the racist portrayals of mainstream media. In doing so, they created the visual imagery of protest in the country.

  • Download Episode (16:54)
  • Download Clip: Art as a Tool for Social Movements (6:03)

Endless Summer: How a Poster Shaped Surf Culture

John Van Hamersveld takes us through the design and effect of his "Endless Summer" poster.
Endless Summer: How a Poster Shaped Surf Culture

John Van Hamersveld was the man behind the iconic "Endless Summer" poster that forever solidified the image of California with its high contrast image of a lone surfer against a day-glo background. Through interviews, the episode highlights how graphic artists use color and design to create images that define social movements and eras.

  • Download Episode (7:20)

Dignidad Rebelde: Art Is Protest

Dignidad Rebelde uses design to amplify the stories of people of color.
Dignidad Rebelde: Art is Protest

Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza are the duo behind Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration that uses design to amplify the stories of people of color. They aspire to put art back into the hands of people. Taking inspiration from the work of Emory Douglas, they seek to use their art as a platform for social justice.

  • Download Episode (5:16)

Hecho Con Ganas: Ernesto Yerena Montejano

Ernesto Yerena Montejano's graphic design brings Indigenous and Brown people to light.
Hecho Con Ganas: Ernesto Yerena Montejano

Ernesto Yerena Montejano uses his cross-national upbringing and graphic design practice to bring attention to the issues faced by Indigenous and Brown people. Montejano produces political and social justice images using the bright colors that draw inspiration from California's psychedelic art, as well as the bright colors and geometric aesthetic of Native American and Mexican cultures.

  • Download Episode (6:46)

Learn

Dive deeper on the subject of art and social movements with these additional resources.

Make

You’ve watched the clips, read the articles...what’s next? You can host your own zine making party or workshop and take the power of public art into your community! Get tips from zine makers in the article below for inspiration.

Want to Make a Zine? These Zine Makers Have Tips For Getting Started.

Share

Share your zine with us! Planning to host your own zine-making party or other screening event? Make sure to tag @kcet on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

If you are planning to host your own event and are promoting your event out to an audience that is wider than your immediate circle or organization, we have included some helpful materials below to get the word out. These materials can be adjusted to suit your needs; however, they must include the KCET logo.

  • Images: KCET Logo, Artbound Logo, “Malcolm the Warrior” by Emory Douglas, Sister Corita at the Corita Art Center, and Sister Corita Teaching
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