Design, writing, research: writing on graphic design

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Kiosk, 1996 - Art - 211 pages
Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller are the founders and directors of the graphic design program at the Maryland Institute of Art, as well as the authors of numerous books on design (Mixing Messages, Dimensional Typography, Mechanical Brides, see pages 25-26). This collection of their essays on graphic design, winner of a Design Destinction Award from I.D. Magazine's Annual Design Review, is now available for the first time in paperback format.

"In these theoretical essays, the author-designers create their most challenging, playful, and original work". -- Michael Rock, I.D. Magazine

"It is striking not just in ambition, range, and detail, but also in their attempt to embody ideas in and through design, taking seriously the fact that form and content intertwine". -- Robin Kinross, Eye

"A pleasure to look at, to read, and to go back to over and over again. The writing is well researched, offers new ideas, and even a little controversy now and then. This is what contemporary design, writing,and research look like". -- Erik Spiekermann, Blueprint

"Serious, considered, and provocative". -- Tod Lippy, Print

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About the author (1996)

Ellen Lupton is the author, coauthor, or editor of thirteen books, including Design Culture Now; Skin: Surface, Substance + Design; Inside Design Now; Thinking with Type; D.I.Y. Design It Yourself; and D.I.Y. Kids. She is curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the director of the graphic design MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She received a Gold Medal for lifetime achievement from the AIGA in 2007.

Jennifer Cole Phillips is principal of J. Cole Phillips Design, a design studio specializing in visual identity and branding, as well as packaging, environmental, and new media design. She is associate director of the graphic design MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Arts, and has received awards from Graphic Design USA, The Art Directorsa (TM) Club, and the AIGA.

Miller is the director of design/writing/research, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio, and also sits on the board of the american centerfor design.