The Center for Design and Typography

The Center for Design and Typography is the in-house design studio for The Cooper Union. As an integral part of the institution, the full-time design staff collaborates with all departments, producing the majority of the college’s print materials, event graphics and signage.

The Design Center also accepts outside projects from eligible non-profit organizations. Selected according to public need and design potential, these projects are developed by School of Art advanced graphic design students under the auspices of the Professional Practice course taught by the Director. The pro-bono work performed by the class provides students with valuable experience dealing with clients, budgets and deadlines, as well as providing community service.

Contact the Design Center at

Mindy Lang, Creative Director
Inessa Shkolnikov, Design Director
Mark Rossi, Senior Designer

Projects & Links

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.