Ellen Lupton is a designer, writer, curator, and educator. She works as curator for Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, and is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). She has publish and written a huge number of books including Thinking with Type, a book Peggy used to teach us for Type I and Type II. She won the AIGA Gold Metal in 2007 which is the highest honor for a designer or educator of design. She is an outstanding designer and really knows what she’s doing.
Lupton studied design in the early 1980’s at The Cooper Union in New York City. After she graduated Lupton ran a small design studio inside the school for seven years as a Do-It-Yourself curator. While she worked there she was writing a lot and building a reputation as a critic and a writer. She was offered her first “real job” and Cooper-Hewitt in 1992.
I’m sure you are not surprised to see that I’m writing about Lupton seeing as all of her work deals with typography. I first developed an interest in her work when we used her book last fall in Type I. Since then I have look through and purchased an number of her books and think they are all awesome. I really learned a lot just by reading the book and thats not a very comment statement from the average college student. Lupton explains everything with visuals and uses witty ways to explain things. As obvious as it may be she really does know what she is talking about and I have honestly learned a lot from her. She also is an impressive painter and illustrator which pushes her above and beyond the level of design some people possess.