Design Beyond Vision

with Ellen Lupton

“Visual communication” is one of graphic design’s most pervasive and exclusionary myths. “Visual communication” is a symptom and signpost of ocularcentrism—modernity’s obsession with the empire of the eye. Designers’ single-minded devotion to visual communication excludes people who touch, hear, or smell but do not see. Inclusive design practices range from eyes-free interaction design and audio description to typographies and topographies of touch. Ellen Lupton is co-curator of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (open through October 28, 2018, at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum).

This talk is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 10:00am as part of the main Typographics conference schedule. You must register for the Typographics conference to attend.

About Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at MICA in Baltimore. Her latest exhibition is The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (April–October 2018). She recently published Design Is Storytelling with Cooper Hewitt.

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