Maryland Institute College of Art

GD MFA Faculty

Ellen Lupton, Director

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Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, where recent projects have included How Posters Work, 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 and edited numerous books on design processes, many of them in collaboration with graduate students, including Thinking with Type, Type on Screen, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics (with Jennifer Cole Phillips). RShe received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985. She is also the author of D.I.Y. Kids and Design Your Life with Julia Lupton.


Jennifer Cole Phillips, Director

Jennifer Cole Phillips

Jennifer Cole Phillips is a designer, educator, and author. She co-directs the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA; teaches in the graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate graphic design departments; and operates a design practice specializing in identity, publication, and environmental design. The heart of her work and teaching is a passion for design innovation and formal rigor. Ms. Phillips came to MICA as a tenured Associate Professor, having held academic and design positions in New York, Chicago, and Baltimore. Her design work has been recognized by Graphis Design, AIGA 50, The Art Directors Club’s of Metropolitan Washington and New York, and the Society of Typographic Arts 100 Show, among others. Professor Phillips is co-author of Graphic Design The New Basics (with Ellen Lupton), and contributing author, art director, or mentor for several additional titles published by Princeton Architectural Press and produced by MICA GDMFA students and faculty. Ms. Phillips holds a MFA and BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She served for eight years on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Graphic Arts.


Jason Mathews Gottlieb, Graduate Faculty

Jason Matthews GottliebJason Mathews Gottlieb received a BFA in Digital Media Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as a print, interactive, and motion designer at numerous top firms in the DC metropolitan area and also as a photographer and editorial illustrator for magazines including Popular Mechanics and Scratch. Jason is an avid programmer and technophile with a love for story telling, humor, and the absurd. He recently founded Studio JMG, LLC, a multidisciplinary design studio currently developing Eat YourselfTM a hilarious and mesmerizing mobile game about a self-cannibalistic pig named Pinky. Jason’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print, Step, GD, Graphis, AIGA, ADCMW, Adobe, and Core 77. Jason has taught as Adjunct Faculty at The Corcoran College of Art + Design, Johns Hopkins’ Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he has taught in the Graphic Design, Post Baccalaureate Graphic Design, and Interactive Arts departments and was
the recipient of the 2014 George Bunting Teaching Fellowship.