Designing Sensation with Ellen Lupton


February 3, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm


MFA Interaction Design
136 West 21 Street
Third Floor
New York, NY 10011

This talk by curator and writer Ellen Lupton actively engages the audience in processes of perception, interpretation, and behavioral response. How do vision and language interact with taste and smell? How is a joke like a trainwreck? What does a Nina Simone song taste like? Is the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho actually violent? How does design make us feel and do? Explode your brain as you discover these answers and more! Interaction designers are invited to think about how designing for emotion, sensation, and the body can enhance user experience. This presentation draws on Lupton’s ongoing research for her forthcoming book Design Is Storytelling.

Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Her exhibition How Posters Work, accompanied by a book of the same title, was open through January, 2016. Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is open through August 2016. Recent projects include Beautiful Users and Graphic Design—Now in Production. 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. Recent books include Type on Screen (2014). She received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985.

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