DESIGNERS | MURIEL COOPER :: POLYMATH EXTRAORDINAIRE


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Muriel Cooper | 1925-1994

One of the giants of 20th-century design

BILL MOGGRIDGE

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Muriel Cooper using a Polaroid SX-70 for a self-portrait; video imaging at Visible Language Workshop, 1977

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MIT Media Lab rendred as Soft Type, 1990

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Composite comparison of calligraphy at three resolution levels, VLW 1990

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Three self-portraits by a Visual Language Workshop student, using early copy, paste, and distort techniques, recorded with Polaroid, 1982

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Books produced for the MIT Press during Muriel Cooper’s tenure as media director, 1969-1977

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In 1967 Cooper joined the MIT Press as its first art director. Above: her logo for the Press, 1963

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MIT Summer Session announcements, 1958

The official history of the Media Lab by Stewart Brand (The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT, MIT Press, 1989) makes scant reference to this remarkable woman who was, at the time of her death, the only female tenured professor at the lab. Three entries in the index lead to passing mentions but, despite chapter-length discussions of other departments at this latter-day Bauhaus, not one is devoted to the Visible Language Workshop.

Muriel Cooper’s Visible Wisdom” by Janet Abrams

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BAUHAUS BOOK 1969 D

More info:

Muriel Cooper: “The unsung heroine of on-screen style,”

The New York Times

Herald TribuneAIGA website, and in a conversation with Ellen Lupton.


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BOOKS: THE BAUHAUS WEIMAR DESSAU BERLIN CHICAGO (1969)

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