Briar Levit has been teaching at PSU since 2007. She spent her early career in publishing as art director of the magazine, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, as well as an independent book designer. Her self-initiated publications are walking books that challenge the existing hiking guide genre.
In 2017, Levit released the feature-length documentary, Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production, which follows design production from manual to digital methods and looks at both the social and formal implications this transition had for the graphic design discipline. Graphic Means screened in 23 countries and continues to be shown in classrooms and institutions across the nation and the world.
The research for Graphic Means launched a new direction and mission for Levit—a desire to help uncover under-researched and disseminated topics in design history—notably around people who existed in marginalized communities—women and people of color. In 2021, Princeton Architectural Press published Levit’s edited volume of essays, Baseline Shift: Untold Stories of Women in Design History. The book includes 15 essays by 19 scholars with one by Levit exploring the design work of young adult author, Ellen Raskin.
In 2018, Levit joined Louise Sandhaus’ journey to realize The People’s Graphic Design Archive. The Archive is a crowd-sourced virtual that archive aims to allow for new and expanded stories about a graphic design history—one that represents diverse cultures and a broad range of interests.
MA + PGDip Communication Design; Central Saint Martins 2005
BA, Graphic Design; San Francisco State University 2000