Monday, February 15, 2010
NICOLA Ellen Lupton.
Ellen Lupton is a Graphic Designer, as well as a Writer, Curator, Critic and Educator.
In Lupton's career, she has been director of the Master of Fine Art program, she has been invited to run the graphic design program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, amongst other things.
Lupton has written a number of books and presented a number of exhibitions in the past, including the "Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office", August 17, 1993 to January 2, 1994, up to and including "Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006", December 8, 2006 through July 29, 2007.
"Ellen Lupton makes this industry smarter. If graphic design has a sense of its own history, an understanding of the theory that drives it and a voice for its continuing discourse, it’s largely because Lupton wrote it, thought it or spoke it." - www.aiga.org
Before college, as Katherine Feo states on the AIGA website, Ellen Lupton was not aware that design was, and could have been a valuable field of study. It wasn't until later, it seems, that she realised the potential of Typography as a valuable form of expression.
Once she realised that Graphic Design had the potential for an 'expanded critical discourse', it caused a shift in her ambitions.
Helpful links on Ellen Lupton:
-(about one of her books)