It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer.

Graphic Means, a feature documentary directed by Briar Levit, explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, and from paste-up to PDF.

In 2015, we filmed in Oregon, Washington, California, London, New York, Massachusetts, and Omaha. The film raised over $25,000 on Kickstarter, is currently in post production and is expected to be released in 2017. 

Dawn Jones Redstone of Hearts+Sparks Productions is the Director of Photography. The trailer below was edited by Emily von W. Gilbert.

Watch the trailer here: 



Still from the film of Adrian Shaughnessy, designer, author, and co-founder of Unit Editions in London. 2016

On set with April Greiman as Director Briar Levit interviews her in LA. 2016

Shooting the stop motion intro to Graphic Means with (left to right) Director Briar Levit, Director of Photography Dawn Jones Redstone, hand model Andi Zeisler and animator Emily Skaer. 2015