Meet the George Nelson Associate Who Designed the Dunkin’ Donuts Logo

The industrial designer and Pratt Institute graduate teaches at her alma mater, instilling midcentury rigor in the creators of tomorrow.
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Three times a week, the 87-year-old designer Lucia DeRespinis leaves her Manhattan apartment—a sixth-floor enclave in a 1965 glass-and-concrete complex designed by I.M. Pei—and treks to the Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. There she teaches a trifecta of courses each semester at the arts and design university where, in 1952, she was among the first students to complete a newly inaugurated bachelor’s degree in industrial design.

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Kelsey Keith
Kelsey Keith has written about design, art, and architecture for a variety of print and online publications.


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