Riposte self-defines as a “smart magazine for women”, but restructure that statement and it’s meaning holds: Riposte is also a magazine for, and featuring, smart women. One such woman is Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, an American graphic designer, and director of graduate studies in graphic design at Yale. Directly from the pages of Riposte’s latest issue, the publication’s ninth to date, Meg Miller travels to Connecticut to meet Sheila and unpick her radical approach to design.
Acting as a resistor and connector comes easily for Sheila Levrant de Bretteville. As a graphic designer her work and ethos has openly become an emblem of the resistance on a grand scale, and as director of graduate studies in graphic design at Yale University she is constantly helping students make connections between culture, history and the future of design. Meg Miller went to visit her at her home in Connecticut to meet the woman whose radical work has inspired generations of designers.