Ellen Lupton

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Humanities and Arts
Visual Arts
Ellen Lupton's first exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), helped build a feminist design discourse. A key theme in her work is accessible design for people with disabilities; exhibitions with scholarly publications, include Beautiful Users: Designing for People (2014) and The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (2018). A committed public educator, Lupton has authored numerous books that promote design skills for diverse users, including Design Is Storytelling, published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. Her book Thinking with Type (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004, 2010) serves as a textbook in design programs worldwide. Lupton founded the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004, where she serves on the faculty.
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