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The ABC’s of Triangle, Square, Circle, The Bauhaus and Design Theory

The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle, The Bauhaus and Design Theory

The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle, The Bauhaus and Design TheoryThe ABC’s of Triangle, Square, Circle, The Bauhaus and Design Theory
Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller



69 Pages
220 x 280 mm
ISBN 9781616897987


The Bauhaus, the legendary school in Dessau, Germany, transformed architecture and design around the world. This book broke new ground when first published in 1991 by introducing psychoanalysis, geometry, early childhood education, and popular culture into the standard political history of the Bauhaus. The ABC’s of The Bauhaus also introduced two young designers, Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, whose multidisciplinary approach changed the field of design writing and research. With a new preface by Lupton and Miller, this collection of visually and intellectually stimulating essays is a must-read for educators and students.

About the Artists
Ellen Lupton
is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. Lupton is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair 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, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. She serves as a senior curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master, Face Values: Understanding A.I., The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Her book Design Is Storytelling was published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. She received the AIGA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2007. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019.

Abbott Miller was born in Indiana and studied design at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. In 1989 he founded the multidisciplinary studio Design/Writing/Research where, in collaboration with Ellen Lupton, he pioneered the concept of “designer as author,” undertaking projects in which content and form are developed in a symbiotic relationship. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as a partner in June 1999.

About the Publisher
Princeton Architectural Press was founded in 1981 in Princeton, NJ, and quickly emerged as a leading publisher of books on architecture, design, and visual culture, building its award-winning reputation by identifying new trends and publishing first books on emerging talents, as well as definitive works on established names, and by creating books of unsurpassed design quality and production values.
The Press, now located in New York, has broadened its publishing scope to include book categories such as narrative nonfiction, pop culture, nature, gardening, and crafts & hobbies, in addition to introducing an illustrated children’s book list and fine stationery products and puzzles to its publishing program.

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