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Martha Scotford

Professor Emerita of Graphic & Experience Design


Professor Scotford’s research is in design history with a special emphasis on women in design and feminist theory. Her published writings have appeared in American Center for Design Statements, AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, Print magazine, Design Issues, Visible Language and Eye. She was the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants to support research on women in design, leading to the publication by WW Norton in 1999 of her book Cipe Pineles: a Life of Design. Following her interest in avant garde typography, Scotford was the instigator and a designer and author for the project “For the Voice Mayakovsky and Lissitzky” published by The British Library in 2000. In 2001 she spent four months teaching at four institutions in India as a Fulbright Lecturer, about which she has written for Visible Language and Design Issues.

Prior to entering design education, Martha Scotford was a book designer in Boston. She has curated an exhibition about the book design career of Ernst Reichl at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library for summer 2013.

Martha Scotford retired from teaching as Professor Emeritus in June 2013.


Master of Fine Art in Graphic Design Yale University

Bachelor of Art in Art History Oberlin College

Area(s) of Expertise

Design history, women in design, typography, graphic ephemera