Our nineteenth Standing-Room Only Lecture will have Brockett Horne walking from the Nunnery Grounds* to treat our archive fever. In a moment of massive change for designers, one impulse is to document the shifting tides—mark where the water line of creative excellence used to be, document where there have been floods of good ideas, or set up sandbags to protect against the erosion of good design. This short talk uses The People’s Graphic Design Archive as a case study for thinking about the past and future design history through collecting.

Our speaker, Brockett Horne, is a writer, designer, and educator. She is a faculty member at Northeastern University across the river in Boston, where she teaches information design and data visualization. At Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, she chaired the Graphic Design department for over a decade and taught studio, history, and theory courses. With Briar Levit, Louise Sandhaus, and Morgan Searcy, she collaborates on The People’s Graphic Design Archive.

*The Nunnery Grounds is not a cool design agency, but a section of Somerville where a Protestant mob burned a Catholic convent to the ground in 1834. (FYI.)


Thirty tickets are available for $10 each.

Date and Time
Wednesday, April 12 at 7p
Doors open at 6p for mingling.

Katherine Small Gallery
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143 [map]

Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.

We will be checking ticket reservations at the door. Don’t bother printing your ticket as we can look you up by name. We will have a stand-by line at the door for this event. Five minutes before the event begins, we will open up the event to those in the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have reserved a ticket for this event, please note that it will guarantee your place until 6:55 pm on the day of the event.

Will this talk be recorded or available for streaming?