Roski Talks: Louise Sandhaus


Nov 15, 7pm
Roski Graduate Building
LA Arts District


1262 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Roski Talks are free and open to the public
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about the lecture

This presentation, "Unforgetting, Preserving, and Sharing an Expansive Graphic Design History," will look at the inspiration, evolution, and future of the crowdsourced virtual archive, The People’s Graphic Design Archive. Starting with California's graphic design history, the project has grown to preserve and recognize the work of a multitude of overlooked or forgotten design work and designers across the globe.


about the designer

Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She is the founder and co-director of The People’s Graphic Design Archive, a crowd-sourced virtual archive that aims to expand, diversify, and preserve graphic design history. Her book on the history of California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, was published in 2014 by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson. It received laudatory attention from The New York Times, The Guardian (London), and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among many others. In 2015, the book received the Palm D’argent from The International Art Book and Film Festival (FILAF). In 2019, A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, Designer, co-written and designed with Kat Catmur, was published by Princeton Architectural Press and was the subject of a full-page L.A. Times article. She is a 2022 AIGA medalist.