Briar Levit is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University, a graphic designer, and filmmaker. Her first documentary film—Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production was released on April 15th, 2017 and is an example of the type of work she is drawn to: content-driven projects. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, Briar and I discuss Graphic Means and the making of it, how education fuels her work, and her thoughts on the future of design.

Several quotes from this episode:

  • “That’s the power of representation…the minute you see someone who you relate to doing something important, then you think, ‘Maybe I can do that.'”
  • “A graphic designer made a film that was really good and I thought, ‘Well, maybe I can make a film? I don’t know if it’s gonna be really good, but I can try.'”
  • “Slowing down, being more deliberate, and coming up with more concepts, so that the computer is treated as a tool and not as something that you use to move things around until you get something that clicks.”

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