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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

Thinking with Type

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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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Book List

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Complete bibliography, 1991 to the present; books authored, co-authored, or edited by Ellen Lupton.

Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things. Ellen and Julia Lupton. St Martins Griffin, 2009.

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book. Edited by Ellen Lupton. Princeton Architectural Press and Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.

Graphic Design: The New Basics. Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. Princeton Architectural Press and Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.

D.I.Y. Kids. Ellen and Julia Lupton. Princteon Architectural Press, 2007.

Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500–2005. Sarah Coffin, Darra Goldstein, and Ellen Lupton, editors. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Assouline, 2006.

Solos: New Design from Israel. Ellen Lupton and Ezri Tarazi. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2006.

D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself. Edited by Ellen Lupton. Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students. Ellen Lupton. Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.

Inside Design Now: National Design Triennial. Ellen Lupton, Susan Yelavich, Donald Albrecht, and Mitchell Owens. Princeton Architectural Press with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2003.

Skin: Surface, Substance and Design. Ellen Lupton. Princeton Architectural Press with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2002.

Design Culture Now: National Design Triennial. Ellen Lupton, Donald Albrecht, and Steven Skov Holt. New York: Princeton Architectural Press with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2000.

Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age: Selections from the Merrill C. Berman Collection. Ellen Lupton, Deborah Rothschild, and Darra Goldstein. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.

Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture. Ellen Lupton. New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Princeton Architectural Press, 1996. Edition for Europe and Asia published by Thames & Hudson, London.

Design Writing Research: Writing on Graphic Design. Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller. New York: Kiosk/Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.

Letters from the Avant-Garde: Modern Graphic Design. Ellen Lupton and Elaine Lustig Cohen. New York: Kiosk/Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.

Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office. Ellen Lupton. New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Princeton Architectural Press, 1993.

The Bathroom, the Kitchen, and the Aesthetics of Waste, A Process of Elimination. Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller. New York and Cambridge: MIT List Visual Arts Center and Princeton Architectural Press, 1992.

Graphic Design and Typography in the Netherlands: A View of Recent Work. Edited by Ellen Lupton. New York: The Cooper Union and Princeton Architectural Press, 1992.

The Bauhaus and Design Theory. Edited by Ellen Lupton and  J. Abbott Miller. New York: The Cooper Union and Princeton Architectural Press, 1991. Edition for Europe and Asia published by Thames and Hudson, London.

D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself

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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

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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

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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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Cover designed by Chip Kidd; illustration by Ellen Lupton.
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More info at www.Design-Your-Life.org.