A writer, educator and curator (as well as a graphic designer), Ellen Lupton studied art and design in New York at the Cooper Union during the 1980s. She spent several years curating a small design gallery inside of the Cooper Union before being offered a "real job" at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 1992. Since then she has published multiple books on design and typography as well as running writing for several design blogs online. She is married to Abbot Miller, who is a partner with Pentagram in New York.
Her books and writings have been wildly successful as graphic design primers for design students as well as educational reference tools for designers worldwide. Since 1997 she has also been the director of the MFA in Graphic Design program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She frequents the design and art lecture circuit where she talks about her work, books and ideas and was awarded the gold medal from AIGA in 2007.