Ellen Lupton


“Typography is what language looks like” Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton the author of the well known book Thinking with Type, a guide to typography used worldwide as a reference and text book by students, designers and educators.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1963, Ellen went on to study an art major at Cooper Union College in 1981. She was offered a position at the Cooper Union Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. By accepting this position, Ellen took her love of typography, writing, and design and combined them all together throughout her career.

Ellen primarily bases her designs on typography and implements type on a communicative level with much of her creation of type following The Bauhaus design techniques. As she states in her book Graphic Design: the new basics, the Bauhaus and other schools analyzed form in terms of basic geometric elements. She is also an educator while being the director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

Throughout her career Ellen has produced numerous exhibitions and books. Some of these include Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996), Letters from the Avant-Garde (1996), and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002), and her famous book Thinking with Type (2004, 2010) and D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (2006), co-authored with her graduate students at MICA.

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