Brita Lindvall Leitmann meets Ellen Lupton — a 25% PhD seminar

Date and time
16 February 2022 at 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

Participation in E1 is limited to 15 people (FULL).
Remaining participants are warmly welcome to join via Zoom (link below).

The project "Elizabeth at all times" constitutes an ongoing study of typography as visual language and graphic design craft, through exploring ways in which time and circumstance affect aesthetic hegemonies and practice.

By historicizing how technological, political, economic and socio-cultural currents intersect, intertwine and create conditions for typographer Elizabeth Friedlander’s present, Brita Lindvall Leitmann seeks to try out methods for aesthetic and mental shifts that can lead to other ways of perceiving and reanimating the past – setting other conditions and futures for their practice.

Brita Lindvall Leitmann: ”Based on Elizabeth Friedlander’s interrupted work and cancelled premise, my project has its beginning.”



Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication

Brita Lindvall Leitmann graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2007 and has been employed as a senior lecturer in visual communication at Beckmans School of Design (Aug 2019–Dec 2020). Lindvall Leitmann is an internationally acclaimed graphic designer with 25 years of professional activity. Since 2012, Lindvall Leitmann has run the design studio Bastion, where they investigate how feminist and postcolonial theory can be transformed through visual communication. Most notable is perhaps their redesign of the Swedish magazine Bang (2012–2015), which illuminates and plays with typographic traditions, visual culture, and editorial principles – a project that encircles Lindvall Leitmann’s aesthetically and methodologically ground-breaking practice.

Ellen Lupton is a graphic designer, writer, curator, and educator. 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. In 2007 she received the AIGA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement, and she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019.