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Ivy Bookshop Hosts Book Signing with Ellen Lupton, Director of the MFA in Graphic Design Program, Aug. 27

Sisters Ellen and Julia Lupton discuss their new book Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things

Posted 08.10.09 by MICA Media Relations

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Ellen Lupton's new book Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things

BALTIMORE-Ellen and Julia Lupton will present their book Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things during a book signing at Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. The Lupton twins will read from their book and perform with real objects.

Design Your Life (St. Martin's Press, May 2009) is about objects and how we interact with them. Illustrated throughout with paintings of things both ordinary and odd, this book casts a sharp eye on parenthood, housekeeping, entertaining, time management, crafting and more. The authors take an irreverent and realistic look at everything from the objects on our counters and the rooms we live in to the attitudes that promise us happiness in an increasingly fragile world. Speaking to readers who are both design-conscious and consumer-wary, Design Your Life taps into the popular interest in design as well as people's desire to make their own way through a mass-produced world. Design Your Life is also the name of the authors' blog, Design-Your-Life.org.

Ellen is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and MICA's director of the MFA in graphic design program.

Julia teaches English and writes books about Shakespeare at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently the director of the humanities core course and the co-founder of the UCI Design Alliance.

For more information about the book signing, call Ivy Bookshop at 410-377-2966.

Listen to Ellen's interview with Tom Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 26 on WYPR's Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.


Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.