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MICA Book Release Event

Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Brown Center Leidy Atrium

Posted 04.24.08 by MICA Media Relations

Ellen Lupton, renowned graphic designer, best selling author, and MICA faculty, unveils her latest book, Graphic Design: The New Basics, co-written with Jennifer Cole Phillips, associate director of MICA's graphic design MFA program, on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Brown Center Leidy Atrium located at 1301 Mount Royal Avenue. Meet the authors and the MICA students who helped create this new must-have book for aspiring designers.

Featuring work by over 90 MICA students, Graphic Design: The New Basics is an introduction to design thinking that takes a fresh look at today's visual language. The book was developed in classes and workshops through MICA's undergraduate and graduate graphic design programs under the guidance of 17 MICA instructors and 10 visiting artists, and was compiled and written over a two-and-a-half-year period. MICA's graphic design programs and recently established Center for Design Thinking provide an engaging setting for students to develop visual forms and languages in an experimental mode, and explore critical ideas about the history, future, and social uses of visual communication. In addition to the student work, the book also features examples of professional and experimental work by influential designers and educators from around the world.

Lupton and Phillips solicited work from faculty along with MICA graduate and undergraduate students to engage them in an educational research and publication project developed jointly with faculty members and professionals in the field. The authors collected, documented, edited, and interpreted this body of work in order to create a basic design textbook that addresses the state of design practice in the 21st century. The New Basics is an indispensible resource as a smart introduction to graphic design, and is anticipated to become the standard reference work in design education.

This event will be on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.mica.edu or call 410.225.2300.


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.