Danielle Aubert is a graphic designer whose work examines materials, methods of production, machines and labor. She is the author of The Detroit Printing Co-op: The Politics of the Joy of Printing (2019: Inventory Press), Marking the Dispossessed (2015: Passenger Books), and 16 Months Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel (2006: Various Projects). She is co-author, with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani, of Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies (2012: Metropolis Books). She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Wayne State University, in Detroit. From 2013-15 she was a Fellow in the Creative and Performing Art at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Danielle Aubert holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. She practiced graphic design in New York and Moscow before returning to graduate school. In 2005 she moved to Detroit, where she served on the board of the AIGA, taught at the College for Creative Studies, and started her own practice before joining the department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in 2008.

In 2009, she collaborated with Lana Cavar and Maia Asshaq on a series of projects that explored paper distribution and after-market paper, and presented work in various venues including the School of Art Institute of Chicago, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Motto in Berlin. In 2012, Aubert, Cavar and Natasha Chandani co-edited, wrote for, and designed Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies, about life in Lafayette Park, a residential district in Detroit designed by Mies van der Rohe. In 2014, Chandani and Aubert worked with AIGA/NY on a post Hurricane Sandy design project in Rockaway, Queens.

From 2008–2017, Aubert designed the quarterly journal Criticism, which in 2012 was selected to be a part of the 25th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design in the Czech Republic. She has designed publications and print material for many clients in the arts and academia. In 2015 she published the artist book, Marking the Dispossessed, that collected all the reader's notes, underlines, and marks found in 100 used copies of Ursula K. Le Guin's 1976 novel, The Dispossessed.

In 2019, Aubert published a book on the Detroit Printing Co-op, a facility cofounded by a group that included Fredy and Lorraine Perlman, of Black & Red Books. The Co-op existed from 1970–1980 and was the site of production for many radical left publications, including the first English translation of Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle.

Scratching the Surface podcast interview with Jarret Fuller


Yale University
2005 | New Haven, CT
Master of Fine Arts
Graphic Design

University of Virginia
1998 | Charlottesville, VA
Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction
English Literature

Teaching Appointments

Associate Professor
Wayne State University
2017 – present | Detroit, MI
Assistant Professor, 2008–2017
Introduction to Graphic Design, Typography, History of Graphic Design, Graphic Design 2, Graphic Design 3, Senior Studio, Senior Seminar

Visiting Teaching Fellow
Princeton University
2013 – 2015 | Princeton, NJ
Visual Form, Circulation, Dance on Camera, Advanced Graphic Design

Adjunct Faculty
College for Creative Studies
2005 – 2008 | Detroit, MI
History of Graphic Design, Introduction to Time-Based Media, Advanced Time-Based Media, Introduction to Web Design


with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani
formerly Placement Publications
2008 – present

International Typographical Union
with Lana Cavar
2006 – 2013


The Detroit Printing Co-op: The Politics of the Joy of Printing
Publisher: Inventory Books

Marking the Dispossessed
Publisher: Passenger Books
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit
with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani
Publisher: Metropolis Books

Abandoned Letterhead
with Maia Asshaq

16 Months Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel
Publisher: Various Projects

Edited Volumes

Detroit: Imaginary Cities
with Lynn Crawford and Gina Reichert
Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit


Anything Can Happen
with Lorraine Perlman
South Atlantic Quarterly 119 (Jul. 2020)

In the 1970s, The Detroit Printing Co-op Showed the Revolutionary Potential of Design

Eye on Design (Feb. 2020)

Poletown vs. GM
with Kikko Paradela
C Magazine 141 (Spring 2019)

Black & Red 6 1/2

Counter Signals 3 (Fall 2018)

The Politics of the Joy of Printing in Detroit

Counter Signals 1 (Fall 2016)

The Politics of the Joy of Printing in Detroit

Infinite Mile Issue 3 (Jun. 2016)

File Sharing: Reading the Index in Rosalind Krauss and Wim Crouwel
Book 2.0 Vol. 3, no. 2 (2014)
Publisher: Intellect Publishers (UK)

Infinite Mile Issue 3 (Feb. 2014)

Living with Mies: The Towers at Lafayette Park
Design Observer: Places (Apr. 5, 2012)
with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani

Living with Mies / Living Rooms with a View
The New York Times: Opinionator (Oct. 14, 2010)
with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani

Perspectives In and Outside of Detroit: Living with Mies
IDEA: Arts + Society #33-34 (Romania, 2009)


Reading the Dispossessed

Dear Rockaway, 
Invited by AIGA/NY
with Natasha Chandani

Paper Rehabilitation Project 
with Maia Asshaq

Center for Abandoned Letterhead
with Maia Asshaq

Selected Awards

Knight Arts Challenge Award recipient, 2018
Princeton University Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts 2013-2015
Brno Biennial, Czech Republic, 2012
AIGA 50/50 2012, 2010, 2009
AIGA Detroit Design RE:View Best of Show and Judge’s Choice 2011
Type Director’s Club Tokyo 2010
Bradbury Thompson Memorial Prize for Graphic Design 2005

Selected Client Work

Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2015
Designed booklet for GSD publications

Infinite Mile Year 2 Anthology, 2015
Designed printed version of online Detroit arts and culture journal

Bend, 2014
Exhibition catalogue for Iris Eichenberg
Client: Cranbrook Art Museum

Camp/Anti-Camp, 2012
Posters and print collateral design for festival at Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (Berlin, Germany)

MEC, 2009
with Mevis & van Deursen (Netherlands)
Artist monograph design
Client: Mary Ellen Carroll, SteidlMack

Poster and print collateral design
Arsenal and Hebbel-am-Ufer (Berlin, Germany)

Criticism, 2008 - 2017
Journal redesign, cover designs
Client: Wayne State University Press

ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo, 2008
Catalogue and exhibition design
Client: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Book design
Client: Tan Lin, Zasterle Press

Group exhibitions

Assemblages Souples/Loosely Assembled
with Bianca Ibarlucea and Kikko Paradela
Apr. 23 – May 23, 2019
SBC Gallery, Montreal

Tracing Waste
Feb. 25 - Mar. 3, 2015
Princeton School of Architecture
Princeton, New Jersey

Library of the Dispossessed and Center for Abandoned Letterhead
Jun. - Oct. 2014
26th Biennial of Graphic Design, Moravia Gallery
Brno, Czech Republic

Salon Light #9
Oct. 2012
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

The practical function of 12 networked publications with 4 books, 2 posters and 1 chart
Sep.-Oct. 2012
Galerie Daviet-Thery, Paris

Detroit, USA Fall 2012
Sullivan Galleries
School of Art Institute of Chicago

Pulp to Pixels: Artist Books in the Digital Age
Fall 2012
Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA

Inside Lafayette Park
Apr. 2012
Lafayette Plaza, Detroit (Co-curated with Noah Resnick)

KISS: New Sincerity & New Romanticism in Art
Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY

dreimal MIES (triple Mies)
Oct. 2011
Citykirche St. Nikolaus, Aachen, Germany, rethinking Mies Symposium, curated by Klaus Klever

Dimensions Vary
Texas A & M University-Commerce

Technology and the Imagination
Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Invited Talks

University of Illinois–Chicago
“Typographical Labor, Printing & Property”
Mar. 2016

Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Montréal
Oct. 2015

University of Toronto
Panelist for “Architecture Inside Out”
Feb. 2015

Museum of Art & Design, New York
with Natasha Chandani
Apr. 2014

ASAP 5 Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit
Oct. 2013

Graham Foundation, Chicago
with Natasha Chandani and Noah Resnick
Nov. 2012

School of Art Institute of Chicago
with Maia Asshaq
Nov. 2012

GSAPP, Columbia University, New York
Panelist, "Photographing Detroit"
Nov. 12, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Oct. 2012

MoMA/PS1, New York
with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani, in conversation with Michael Bierut
Oct. 2012

Van Alen Books, New York
with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani in conversation with Alexandra Lange
Oct. 2012

Otis School of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 2012

Segue Reading Series, New York
Apr. 2012

Printed Matter, New York
with Maia Asshaq and Lana Cavar
Mar. 2012

Motto, Berlin
with Lana Cavar
Jan. 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
with Maia Asshaq
Nov. 2011

ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale), Helsinki, Finland
“Is Money Money”

Graphic Design and Late Capitalism, with Bianca Ibarlucea and Kikko Paradela
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Mar. 2018
Reading the Dispossessed Sep. 2015
New York Art Book Fair, MoMA/PS1, with Mobius Percussion
Princeton Sound Kitchen Sep. 2014
Princeton University, with So Percussion
Continuously Festive May 2014
Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
with Katy Didden and Jason Treuting
Disco Eats Itself 2007
Experimental Text Festival, Richard Foreman Theater, New York
performance directed by Tan Lin
Mirror Play 2005
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
play directed by Carla Harryman

Visiting Artist / Designer / Guest Critic

Boston University
California College of Art
California Institute of the Arts
College for Creative Studies
Eastern Michigan University
Open Book Workshop, Traverse City, MI
Otis College of Art & Design
Parsons The New School for Design
Princeton University
Rhode Island School of Design
School of Art Institute of Chicago
University of Michigan School of Art & Design
University of Michigan-Flint
University of Pennsylvania
Virginia Commonwealth University
Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, Netherlands
Yale University School of Art

Professional Service

AIGA Detroit 2005–2007
Programming Chair