Wayne State University

Danielle Aubert

Danielle Aubert

  • 3108.3 Old Main

  • Assistant Professor, Graphic Design


Danielle Aubert holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University, where she was awarded the Bradbury Thompson Memorial Prize for Persistent Excellence in Graphic Design upon her graduation in 2005. 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.

Some of her work involves exploring the various formal applications of Microsoft Excel. Her Excel work has appeared in various exhibitions and publications, including ID Magazine, Wired and Metropolis. Her book, 16 Months Worth of Drawing Exercises in Microsoft Excel, was published in 2006 by Various Projects. Through her work in Excel she became interested in the potential role for alternative software (e.g., open source software like the GIMP) in the production of graphic design objects.

Her client work ranges from book and publication design to websites and animations. In 2008 she worked with the Croatian graphic designer Lana Cavar on the exhibition materials and catalogue for the show ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Recently, she collaborated with the Dutch designers Mevis & van Deursen on the design of a monograph for the artist Mary Ellen Carroll (forthcoming from Steidl in 2009). She has received a Type Director's Club award, an Art Director's Club award and two Adobe Design Achievement awards for her graphic design work. Her work has most recently been featured in the books Young Graphic Designers Americas (2008) and Fully Booked (2008).


Criticism: A Journal for Literature and the Arts (2015: Wayne State University Press), a quarterly journal redesigned in 2008

Producing Waste, Producing Space (2015) poster designed with Manuel Miranda, for a symposium at the Princeton School of Architecture, printed on waste paper

Marking the Dispossessed (2015: Passenger Books), a collection of marginalia found in 100 used copies of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel The Dispossessed.

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies (2012: Metropolis Books) co-edited and co-designed with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani.