The CalArts Poster Archive was initiated in 1995 when faculty members Shelley Stepp and Kary Arimoto-Mercer began collecting posters from the CalArts hallways in order to preserve the designs. In 2016, Michael Worthington took over the project and the archive started making milestones. The goal of the digital archive is to make the poster collection available to the public, and also to crowdsource missing information from alumni and faculty.

I have personally worked on the Poster Archive project since the summer of 2017, and have been working since. During the summer of 2017, I worked alongside Guanyan Wu (MFA ‘18), as she photographed and I edited the photos taken and then inputting the data into the site. As colleagues, we later became collaborators as we took on the challenge to design the digital interface of the poster archive. I created the branding, and together we designed the interface with the mentorship of Michael Worthington and Roman Jaster. Once we finessed the design, the Yay Brigade design studio (Roman Jaster & Nicole Jaffe) coded the site to make all of our visions possible. 

To read more about the archive, check it out on the CalArts graphic design blog .

The branding mimics the action of a poster peeling off the surface of a wall.
CalArt Posters Archive          
Branding & Web Interface Design
In Collaboration with Guanyan Wu (MFA ‘18)

Client: CalArts, Graphic Design Department
Year: 2017 - 2018
The branding mimics the action of a poster peeling off the surface of a wall.

The CalArts Design Department has a long history of creating posters that linger throughout the hallways of the institute, and so the branding mimics the action of a poster being posted on and/or peeling off the surface of a wall. We wanted something a little expressive, yet simple, so it would not distract from the amazingly wild posters on display.

Tracy Thanh Tran
Los Angeles, Calif.