Ellen Lupton Biography
Ellen Lupton is ais a graphic designer, curator, writer, critic, and educator. She is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and the director of the Graphic Design M.F.A. program at Maryland Institute College of Art known for her love of typography. There she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. Ellen has written numerous books on graphic design for a variety of audiences. She is a contributor to several publications, including Print, Eye, I.D., Metropolis, and The New York Times.
Ellen Lupton Age
Lupton was born in 1963( 56 years), her specific date of birth is not known.
Ellen Lupton Nationality
She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is hence of American nationality.
Ellen Lupton Spouse
She is married to J. Abbott Miller, also an American graphic designer and writer.
Ellen Lupton Children
She has two kids; Jay Miller and Rubi Miller.
Ellen Lupton Early Life
Ellen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1963 and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Her parents divorced in 1973 when she and her twin sister, Julia, were ten years old. As a self-professed art girl from a family of English teachers, her love of typography combined her love of art and writing.
She then attended Cooper Union College in 1981 as a fine art student, where she discovered graphic design and the expressive potential of typography. Ellen described this discovery of graphic design as a revelation. The design really wasn’t in the mainstream back then. It was esoteric.
Ellen Lupton Career
Ellen was offered a position as curator of the newly-founded Cooper Union Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography after graduating. This combined her long-standing interests in writing and design in her first curatorial position. With an interest in the do-it-yourself movement, she took advantage of limited resources to visually construct the history of graphic design, surprising peers in her ability to meld the visual and verbal. These exhibits provided an arena in which objects, images, and text functioned as both the method of communication and the subject of inquiry.
At this time, she began to write critically about typography and design, utilizing a post-structuralist framework to understand how design is embedded in political, economic, and social contexts, saying, Typography and architecture are not neutral containers for the content or programs they are thought to neatly accommodate. These are fundamental insights of modern and post-modern thinking.
She has cited Ferdinand de Saussure, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault as informing her albeit more populist work. Lupton joined Cooper Hewitt as a curator of contemporary design in 1992. She also began writing books about the design world at this time.
She became a chair of the undergraduate graphic design program at MICA in 1997 until 2002. In 2003, she launched a new MFA program in graphic design at MICA and has served as the director of that program ever since.
Ellen Lupton Net worth
Her net worth is estimated to be $1585 as of 2019. The estimated include stocks, property and luxury goods such as private airplanes.