Lucinda Hitchcock is a professor at RISD and teaches graduate and
undergraduate students in various areas of the design field including
typography, environmental graphic design, visual narrative and book
She has a BA in English from Kenyon College, an MA in English Literature
from Columbia University, and an MFA from Yale University in Graphic
Design. With a strong interest in the relationships between visual
language, letterforms and literature, Hitchcock, who has been at RISD
since 1998, teaches such courses as Making Meaning, Typography, Type and
Message in the Built Environment, and Visual Narrative. Additionally,
Hitchcock advises graduate and undergraduate students in special
projects, independent studies and theses.
Hitchcock’s specialties and research interests include book design,
conceptual applications for design and typography, visual and written
language in three dimensions, and the creation and critique of visual
narrative. Recently she has become more involved in researching
typography and visual language in architecture, landscape and public
Over the years, Hitchcock has worked for various design studios
(including Bureau NY and Vaughn Wedeen in Albuquerque NM) and since 1998
has focused on her design studio, Lucinda Hitchcock Design, producing
books and other printed material for publishers and cultural
institutions. She has worked with such clients as Chronicle Books, The
Japan Society Gallery NY, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Beacon Press and David Godine
Publishers. Her designs have won numerous awards and have appeared in
AIGA annuals, Print Magazine, Best of New England exhibitions, and The
American Association of University Presses “best-of-shows” and catalogs.
Hitchcock’s work, along with selected student work, appeared in the
book “Type Design: Radical Innovations and Experimentation” edited by
Teal Triggs (Thames and Hudson 2004).
Hitchcock lives and works in Providence, RI, with her husband Thomas and 2 lovely daughters.