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Case Study:
Uncovering Lost History

Shirin Rabin, Cal State Northridge
and UCLA Extension

For this project, students in Shirin Rabin’s Graphic Design History courses at Cal State Northridge and UCLA Extension engaged in original research and then added it to the Archive. This approach makes design history participatory. The project encourages students to become active researchers of history rather than just passive consumers of it. 

Students were assigned specific years to research about California Graphic Design and then visited their school libraries for a design history scavenger hunt. Working in teams or on their own, they reviewed design magazines such as Print, Art Direction, Western Advertising, Graphis. They scanned their findings and submitted them to The Archive.

Since few graphic design publications are digitized, this activity encouraged reading and looking, rather than following a digital index. But 100s of articles are digitized now and posted on The Archive.

images include:
Art Direction, Vol. 14, p 48
Research and scan by Jose Santos, CalState North, 2016.

Art Direction, Vol.34: No.2, pp 35–40
Research and scan by Evan Jackson, Lester Geronga, Noah Little, 2016.

Art Direction, Vol. 21: No. 2, p 17
Research and scan by Elsa Pedraza, Alba Garcia, Stephanie Garcia, 2016.

Art Direction, Vol. 20: No. 2, p 113
Research and scan by Elsa Pedraza, Alba Garcia, Stephanie Garcia, 2016.

Art Direction, Vol. 26: No. 1, pp 60–66
Research and scan by Julienne Shih, CalState North, 2016.