Spring 2018

Paper trail of a digital pioneer

Muriel Cooper

By David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger
Foreword by Lisa Strausfeld, afterword by Nicholas Negroponte
Designed by Yasuyo Iguchi / MIT Press
MIT Press, $60, £49.95 (hardcover with slip-case, 240pp)

The publication of Muriel Cooper will be a cause for celebration among many readers of these pages, its eponymous subject having long been regarded as an influential yet chronically undocumented figure within the field of graphic design. Up until now, anyone (outside the US) wishing to examine Cooper’s work will have had to rely on tantalising fragments scattered across various sites – articles, interviews, brief biographies, YouTube clips – without any authoritative source to draw on …

Cover design: Yasuyo Iguchi / MIT Press, after Muriel Cooper.
Top: Muriel Cooper and Ron MacNeil’s poster for a course at MIT entitled ‘Messages and Means’, 1974.


John-Patrick Hartnett, designer and lecturer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018


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