The LIV’D Experience

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LIVD is an avant-garde art and design publication produced in the Pacific Northwest, dedicated to the intersection of art, design, culture and how these influence lived experience. Each volume is printed in a limited edition of 150. Created and edited by Meredith James (Artist, Designer, and Assistant Professor, Portland State University), the publication includes contributions from professional artists, designers and the wise – many of whom do not participate in the dominant mechanisms of culture production. LIVD pays hommage to the inspiring and idealistic efforts of the early twentieth century avant-garde, balancing the academic with the personal and experimental.

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Volume 15.1, “Oh, Sherrie” includes articles responding to the following prompt: Sherrie Levine.

Such a limited prompt is deliberate, allowing for the various ways Levine’s work has influenced our concept of art, design, self, and issues still central to the lives of women.Topically, the authors vary in their responses, some more direct – as in Nicole Dyar’s commentary and social criticism on the replication of women’s identities (can an authentic woman exist in contemporary American culture?) – while others remain more loosely / conceptually related. Sarah McCoy rectifies a noticeable gap in graphic design history, that of early colonial women printers. Hayden Roma takes on the multifarious ways we look at Barbie, what she has meant in the past and continues to represent today. The dollification of women is hardly dwindling. Lisa Jarrett’s lovingly poetic view on experience touches deeply upon longing and memory. And finally, editor Meredith James introduces a series of thought-provoking questions, ones that remain unanswered in the milieu of sex-based inequity.

Contributors to Issue 15.1 (“Oh, Sherrie”):
Sarah McCoy | Nicole Dyar | Lisa Jarrett | Hayden Roma

Sarah McCoy has her MFA from the University of Iowa and is currently an Associate Professor at Drake University. Sarah also co-owns The Permanent Collection Press, a letterpress and design studio in Des Moines. | Nicole Dyar is a Graphic Designer based in Houston, Texas. Her personal work is reflective and typographic, fully anchored in the pursuit of the self. | Lisa Jarrett was formerly the James DePriest Visiting Professor of Art at Portland State University until she was hired in as an Assistant Professor in 2017. | Hayden Roma, also affiliated with Portland State, is a recent graphic design graduate, with interests in illustration and criticism.

Purchase a Copy of Volume 15.1

The publication is produced in a limited print edition of the highest quality, in a quantity of 150. Volume 15.1 “Oh, Sherrie” is printed offset at Brown Printing, and includes a custom letterpress print from contributor Sarah McCoy. A majority of them are already gone, but a few remain if you are interested in purchasing one. 100% of the purchase cost goes towards creating future volumes.

Advisory Council

Advisory Council:
Andrea Cardinal | Briar Levit | Miriam Abelson

The advisory council for volumes 15.1 and 15.2 consists of designers and educators Andrea Cardinal (sole proprietor of Tooth & Rag, LLC, co-collaborator of Talking Dolls) and Briar Levit (former designer for Bitch Magazine), the director of Graphic Means; with guest advisor, sociologist and educator Miriam Abelson. Miriam’s dissertation focused on transgender and transmasculine experiences. | The design, editing, theme and overall management of the publication are the work of Meredith James.


Volume 15.2 of LIVD (entitled “Letting Go”) includes articles responding to the following prompt: Screwing up, failure, vulnerability… that sort of thing. Again, topically the authors vary in their responses, yet all are working towards understanding failure and vulnerability as it underpins a creative practice. Nick Kuder (designer and educator) starts off with fantastic insight into the workings of stigmergic systems. Artist Roz Crews follows, in an interview with Caleb Misclevitz (designer) on taking risks and not taking risks. Nimi Einstein’s piece centers around xenophobia, and LA designer Tamar Rosenthal crafts a response. Nimi and Tamar have never met in person, but share a similar cultural heritage, their viewpoints offer an interesting insight into the current struggles between Israelis, Palestinians and their American descendants. Interspersed throughout the publication are poems on contemporary existence – and calls for hugs – from Doctor Kobra (in both textual and graphic form). And finally, editor Meredith James interjects with a list of her favorite failures and an essay of design criticism.

Contributors to Issue 15.2 (“Letting Go”):
Nick Kuder | Roz Crews | Nimi Einstein + Tamar Rosenthal | Doctor Kobra

Nick Kuder is an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Western Michigan University. He is also Director of the Design Center at Gwen Frostic School of Art and one of the co-founders of Daines Kuder. | Roz Crews graduated from the Art + Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University. Roz’s work is heavily involved in community and community building. | Nimi Einstein is a Graphic Designer based on Portland. He has also worked in Japan at Ashinaga. | Tamar Rosenthal is the Creative Director at Salt & Pepper Studios in Los Angeles. She’s been a creative director for over twenty-five years in LA. | Doctor Kobra is a Poet, Illustrator, and Designer currently based in Kentucky.

Purchase A Copy of Volume 15.2

The publication is produced in a limited print edition in a quantity of 150. Volume 15.2 “Letting Go” is printed digitally with risograph overlays. 100% of the purchase cost goes towards creating future volumes.

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To submit a proposal or paper to LIVD, please format your submission to the following standards:

There are two options for submission, traditional paper proposals (abstracts) and non-traditional ones (everything else).
1. Traditional paper abstracts must be 200-400 words in length, summarizing your intent. Once an abstract has been accepted, full papers must be formatted using American Psychological Association (APA) text formatting, with inline citations and a separate references list at the end. Ideal papers are between 2,000 and 3,000 words (roughly 4-6 pages), not including the reference list.

2. Non-traditional or non-academic papers (for example, an interview, poem, artwork / graphic, etc.) will only be accepted as full articles / complete submissions.

We require you send both a Rich Text File (RTF) and an Acrobat PDF file of all text submissions. Image / art / graphic submissions must be submitted in JPG form.

The staff here at LIVD expects the highest standard of writing, each selected contribution is vetted through a peer-review process that ensures quality of thought and the integrity of the overall narrative structure of each edition of the publication. LIVD reaches an international audience of the highest levels. Contributors are expected to maintain this high bar. Contributors unwilling to incorporate feedback, maintain a high level of quality, or keep to deadlines can be dropped / removed from the publication.

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