Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and founding director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist. Read More

Thinking with Type


Thinking with Type is a type book for everyone: designers, writers, editors, students, and anyone else who works with words. Presented through succinct, decisive language and carefully curated examples, the book explores the history, theory, and practice of typography. It serves as a handy reference, a classroom textbook, and a welcoming introduction. More info at www.ThinkingWithType.com.
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D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself


Published in 2006, this book was written, researched, designed, and produced by students and faculty in the Graphic Design MFA program at MICA. Directed at general readers, the book has been sold in Urban Outfitter stores and other non-traditional venues. Embracing the do-it-yourself revolution in art, design, and technology, D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself has helped expand the discourse of graphic design. Cover designed by Mike Weikert, MICA GD MFA 06; photo by Nancy Froehlich, MICA GD MFA 07. Buy the book

Indie Publishing


This book was written, designed, and produced by students and faculty in MICA’s GD MFA program. Indie Publishing aims to demystify the publishing world in an age of handmade zines, desktop publishing, print-on-demand distribution, and univeral software. The book looks at different publishing genres, including poetry, fiction, illustrated children’s books, and gallery catalogues, providing tips on layout, production, book structure, and typography. Cover designed by Kelley McIntyre, MICA GD MFA 08. Buy the book

Design Your Life


Design Your Life, by Ellen and Julia Lupton, is a series of irreverent snapshots about design and everyday life. Design Your Life casts a sharp eye on everything from roller bags, bras, porches, and stuffed animals to parenting, piles, and potted plants. The book is illustrated throughout with original paintings of objects both ordinary and odd.

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