Post 1; Kay: Ellen Lupton

Posted: February 21, 2012 by kaybeebaby1 in Uncategorized

Ellen Lupton was born in 1963, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graphic designer / designer, writer, curator, and educator.

Presently Ellen is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

In the mid eighties after graduating from collage Ellen started off working at the Cooper Union Herb Lubalin Study Centre of Design and Typography. Here Ellen was able to combine her love for typography, design and writing.

In the late eighties Ellen and her partner J. Abbott Miller founded the Design and Writing Research Lab. The lab was a studio for fellow graphic designers / designers in which they were able to integrate theory and practice of design in a seamless kind.

Ellen bases most of her designs on typography. Regardless of the type of design some texts may have, text is everywhere. It is a medium and a message to the senders and receivers. Lupton bases much of her creation of type on The Bauhaus design techniques. (Bauhaus |ˈbouˌhous|
a school of design established by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, best known for its designs of objects based on functionalism and simplicity.)

A major part of Ellen’s work as a Graphic Designer is to write and edit books about ‘Graphic Design’ as well as about ‘Typography’. Her books have a massive impact on how to combine design and text in order to communicate to the public!


  • Design your life: the pleasures & perils of everyday life (2009)
  • Graphic Design: the new basics (2008)
  • D.I.Y. design it yourself (2006)
  • Thinking with type: a critical guide for designers (2004)

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