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Abbott Miller was born in Indiana and studied design at the Cooper Union School of Artin New York. In 1989 he founded the multidisciplinary studio Design/Writing/Research where, in collaboration with Ellen Lupton, he pioneered the concept of “designer as author,” undertaking projects in which content and form are developed in a symbiotic relationship. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as a partner in June 1999.
Abbott’s projects are often concerned with the cultural role of design and the public life of the written word. At Pentagram he leads a team designing books, magazines, catalogs, identities, exhibitions, and creating editorial projects.
Abbott has received numerous design honors, including medals from the Society for Publication Designersand three nominations for National Magazine Awards. In 1994 Abbott—together with Ellen Lupton—was awarded the first annual Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. He is a member of the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and of the Alliance Graphique Internationale(AGI). He teaches in the Graphic Design Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
His work and critical writing has appeared in Eye, Print, I.D. and other publications, and he is the co-author of four books, including the classic Design/Writing/Research: Writing on Graphic Design. A survey of his design work, Design and Content, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014.