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M.F.A. in Graphic Design Director Ellen Lupton and Class Release Fifth Book, June 15

"Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming" to be released

Posted 06.01.11 by MICA Communications

"Graphic Design Thinking"

M.F.A. in Graphic Design Director Ellen Lupton's new book, Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming, is not an individual project. In fact, Lupton's students are her partners in the book's making and design. They, along with Princeton Architectural Press, celebrate the release of the book on Wednesday, June 15.

This interesting technique to book production is a part of Lupton's Graphic Design MFA Publishing Workshop Class, where student are broken into teams and asked to "have a make-it-happen attitude-be prepared to use all your skills including writing, photography, design and production."

According to Lupton, the Publishing Workshop class empowers students to think of themselves as authors as they take part in the book's production from start to finish.

"I don't know of any other graduate program that has a publishing program like ours," said Lupton, who also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking, and recent winner of the AIGA Gold Medal, one of the highest graphic design honors. "Some programs publish a fancy portfolio of student work, but those books are really about promoting the individual students, not about making a useful contribution to the design field."

Graphic Design Thinking explores different techniques in thinking and solving design problems by highlighting three sections: problems, ideas and form. The book uses case studies and visuals to show exactly how to carry out the design process.

Other works by Lupton and MICA students include D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself; Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book; Graphic Design: The New Basics; and Exploring Materials: Creative Design for Everyday Objects. The series aims to help young designers at the high school and college levels and is receiving national attention while being used in studios and classrooms all over the world.

To see a sample of the book, click here.

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 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, 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.