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Colleagues and Friends: Ellen Lupton

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Timed to Design Week, this month's Colleagues and Friends features Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She will be speaking with fellow designers Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer, and Debbie Millman, host of the Design Matters podcast. 



About the Speakers

Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is open through August 2016. Recent projects include How Posters Work, Beautiful Users and Graphic Design—Now in Production. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics. Recent books include Type on Screen (2014). She received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985.

Jessica Helfand is a founding editor of Design Observer and author of numerous books on visual and cultural criticism. She is Senior Critic at Yale School of Art, a Lecturer in Yale College, and Artist in Residence at Yale’s Institute for Network Science. Named the first Henry Wolf Resident in design at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, she is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. Jessica Helfand’s next book, Design: The Invention of Desire, will be published in 2016 by Yale University Press. In 2013, she won the AIGA medal.

Debbie Millman is an author, educator, and brand strategist. She is host of the podcast Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design. Debbie is the author of six books, including How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits, Look Both Ways, and Self-Portrait As Your Traitor. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company. Debbie is the Chief Marketing Officer at Sterling Brands, where she has worked with over 200 of the world’s largest brands. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history. She is a frequent speaker on design and branding.



The Colleagues and Friends Breakfast series invites established women in the art world to have conversations about their current positions, career paths, and professional relationships. The program is generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.