Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America

For centuries, Americans have been speaking out against the government. From postcards and posters to modern-day gifs and memes, citizens have always found a way to speak their minds when political and social injustice occurs. While resistance has long been part of our national identity, the past few years have seen an upwelling of grass-roots movements to combat government power. Be it the Women’s March or the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest, a city-centered debate or a national movement, protesting is part of our culture. Where did it all start? How has it evolved? And more importantly, where does it go from here?

Join us on Wed April 10 as Bonnie Siegler unpacks our history of resistance in America, and what the future of design might look like in a time of resistance. 

5:30 PM—Check-in & Reception in the O'Kane Gallery
6:30 PM—Bonnie Siegler Talk
7:45 PM—Book Signing after talk* 

UHD Students, Faculty and Staff: FREE (Promo Code required) Show institutional ID at registration/check-in.
All other Students: FREE (Promo Code required)  Show student ID at registration/check-in.
AIGA Members: $10
AIGA Non-Members: $20
Registration at the door will be credit card only. Price at the door will be $20.

*Book Signing
Bonnie Siegler’s books will be available for purchase ONSITE at the event by the UHD Bookstore

Please reserve the book(s) you would like to purchase at the event when you checkout.

  • “Signs of Resistance” $17.95 + tax

  • “Dear Client” $16.95 +tax

About Bonnie Siegler

Bonnie Siegler founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. She is the author of Dear Client and of Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America. She was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography You Can’t Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for Will & Grace. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design; and judged design competitions all over the place.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the University of Houston-Downtown Department of Arts and Communication Festival and the Center for Critical Race Studies.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

If you are a student, you are required to enter a PROMO CODE (provided by your institution or to unlock your free ticket.  On the day of event, you must show your institutional ID at check-in/registration.  

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

UHD Garage Parking (201 Girard St. Houston TX 77002) for $8 

The garage is accessible only via Travis St. and then turning right on Girard St. The first entrance to the parking structure is for visitors. Metered street parking should also be available on Commerce St. or Main St

We recommend downloading the ParkHouston and/or ParkMobile apps

When & Where
Wed, Apr 10, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (3rd Floor)
University of Houston - Downtown
One Main St.
Houston, TX 77002