Ellen Lupton 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. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist. Read More

Design Observer

Name: Design Observer, http://designobserver.com/
Affiliated with a university or other institution?: no
Submission policies
: DO has no published submission policies. A small group of contributors does most of the writing, but other writers occasionally pop up.

What makes this market unique?
Design Observer provides daily commentary on graphic design, architecture, landscape design, and other fields falling in the area of design. It is written and edited by leading designers who a widely respected as both writers and producers of visual culture.

What is the target market for this magazine?
Designers from every discipline

What are they looking for in terms of submissions?
The editors are open to brainy, carefully considered pieces that comment on what’s going in design today or on issues or topics of concern to designers (including historic topics). Although DO doesn’t officially accept submissions, these do seem to happen…

What is their online strategy?
DO is a digital-only magazine. They recently announced a redesign that emphasizes social media over old-time “blog” comments. They seek to stimulate conversation within the digital realm, not just on their own site.

Where does this magazine fit in the marketplace? What are their competitors?
Print Magazine, Eye Magazine, and Metropolis are traditional print mags with strong online presences. Hipper venues include It’s Nice That, a website that publishes an annual print compilation of its best posts.

Audio Piece

****["Pretty How Town"]****

This public-domain recording of a poem by e. e. cummings describes a lonely man living in a busy place surrounded by people who ignore him. He lives and he dies as time passes and the seasons change. In adding layers of sound to the recording, I tried working with topical effects such as church bells, leaves rustling, and children playing, but these effects competed with the spoken narrative. So I opted for a background sound that plays softly behind the voice: the sound of people talking in a lounge. I felt this captured the poem’s sense of loneliness in the midst of people.

Spoken poem: https://archive.org/details/audio_poetry_90_2006, read by Yesha, 2006
Lounge sound: http://www.soundjay.com/ambient-sounds.html
Full text of poem: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/anyone-lived-pretty-how-town
Produced with Audacity

Book Town

Book Town, painting by Ellen Lupton

The Designer as Producer

“The Designer as Producer,” essay by Ellen Lupton, published in The Education of a Graphic Designer, ed. Steven Heller (New York: Allworth Press, 1998), 159-62.

Reprinted in Graphic Design: Now in Production, ed. Andrew Blauvelt and Ellen Lupton (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2012), 12-13.

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Directions to East Lane

From 83, exit at Cold Spring Lane East.
Merge on to Cold Spring Lane.
Left on Roland Avenue.
Proceed on Roland Ave two blocks to Oakdale Rd.
Right on Oakdale Rd.
Oakdale ends briefly at Hawthorne; bear left on Hawthorne and immediately right back onto Oakdale.
Before Oakdale comes to a dead end, you will see a teeny tiny street on your left called East Lane.
Turn left and continue to 4721 East Lane, midway down block.

There are a few parking spaces in front of house. Additional parking is available on the street: Keswick, Oakdale, and Park Lane.

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Isley, Alex

Ellen Lupton interviews Alex Isley, June 23, 1994. Unpublished. Read more →

Hoefler, Jonathan

Interview, Ellen Lupton and Jonathan Hoefler, June 23, 1994. An edited version of this interview appears in the book Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.

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Drenttel Doyle Partners

Interview, Ellen Lupton with Stephen Doyle and William Drenttel, July 14, 1994. An edited version of this interview appears in the book Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.

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