Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller
J. Abbott Miller
and Ellen Lupton
Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller collaborate in their art and their design. The name of their studio, Design Writing Research, refers to their work as designers as well as writers, and points to their larger concern to approach design as a form of authorship. This interest is carried through in their editorial and curatorial work on the history and theory of design in typography, graphics, art and industry. They are graduates of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City.
Lupton and Miller are co-chairs of the Graphic Design Department at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. In 1996 they published Design/Writing/Research: Writing on Design , a collection of essays on design theory and cultural history.They each received the 1996 New York Magazine Award, given to ten New Yorkers who have helped shape the cultural life of the city.
Their collaborative project for Graphicstudio, a set of two photogravures titled on/off is an exploraration in the use of light to create letter forms. They created the images using the luminous screen of a computer, and then transferred the digital images to films for use in photogravure, an etching process of great tonal sensitivity and detail.
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