Roski Talks: Michael Ellsworth

Roski Talk with designer
Michael Ellsworth

Sept 21, 7pm
USC Roski Graduate Bldg


Roski Talks are open to the USC Roski community and free

Location: 1262 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles (Arts District)

Reservations here.

Please note: This event will require masks indoors and outdoors for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain a 6’ physical distance from those outside of their household while consuming food or beverage. Anyone refusing to comply with mask requirements is subject to removal from the event. To notify the university of a positive case of COVID-19, please call 213-740-6291 or email

All attendees are required to complete a TROJAN CHECK wellness assessment. Please be sure to complete PRIOR to arriving on campus. Click here to complete 



For all the complex ways you can push boundaries, Michael has always kept it very simple: find the creative idea at the core of the story, question or experience—and then let it lead you to the next one. Over the last decade, this has been the central element of Ellsworth’s eclectically driven career, bringing together work as a creative director, educator, producer, curator and public programmer.  His design practice, Civilization, builds identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics, exhibitions and campaigns that are engaging, empathetic, sustainable and create meaningful connections. They work on a variety of projects for public, private and non–profit clients that share their commitment to creating positive change and promoting greater insights about the world.

Their organization is a recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in honor of “excellence, innovation, and enhancement on the quality of daily life.” Civilization’s internationally recognized work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at the School of Visual Arts. 


"The world is constantly changing and so is our need for thoughtful, innovative designers like Civilization.
Their work is at the crossroads of activism and creative design."

 - Pramila Jayapal, Member of Congress