By Joseph Prichard/Special to 24700
Since its inception in 2005, nearly 200 posters have been designed and printed by CalArts graphic design students for the REDCAT poster series. The posters, printed in small runs and hung around the Institute to promote events at REDCAT, represent an amazingly deep and varied body of work. Now for the first time, an online archive that captures the entire series is available for public viewing.
The ever-growing web collection presents the posters in reverse chronological order with new posters being added to the site throughout the school year.
The REDCAT poster series was conceived by REDCAT and CalArts Public Affairs staff members to promote CalArts student work and to raise awareness of REDCAT events on campus. The ongoing series quickly became a hit with both design students and CalArtians at large as evidenced by how quickly many of the posters disappeared from campus walls. Although the bulk of the posters are screenprinted, several have employed other production methods including blueprinting, spray painting and various hand techniques.
Coordination and oversight for the series have been provided by CalArts Design Program faculty member Shelley Stepp (MFA 94) and CalArts Public Affairs Office staff designers (all CalArts design program alumni) Jae-Hyouk Sung (MFA 04), Kate Cardoza Blackwell (MFA 05) and Peter Kaplan (MFA 04).
The posters have won acclaim far beyond the walls of CalArts, with several receiving awards from organizations such as the Type Directors Club and the Art Directors Club.