Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. After joining the museum in 1992, she mounted her first exhibition, “Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office.” Since then she has organized numerous exhibitions, publications, and public programs at Cooper Hewitt, including “Beautiful Users” and “Process Lab” (December 2014 – April 2015) and “Graphic Design—Now in Production,” co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center (2012-2014) and the National Design Triennial series. 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.” Her latest book is “Type on Screen” (2014). She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union (1985) and a Doctorate in Communication Design from University of Baltimore (2008). She received the AIGA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2007.