Elaine Lopez (b. 1984, Miami, FL) is an independent designer and educator. Her practice and research explore the intersection of culture, identity, equity, and Risograph printing within the field of design.

Her studio, LoPress Press, collaborates with cultural and academic institutions, including the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center For Complexity at the Rhode Island School of Design, to give shape to research around culture and identity.

She has lectured at IDEO, Samsung, Google, and academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Texas State University, and Pratt Institute. She has presented at the Where Are the Black Designers? and the In/Visible conferences. In 2019, she was awarded the AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She has served on the board of various design organizations, including AIGA Chicago and the Type Director's Club. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the University of Florida, both in Graphic Design. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the BFA in Communication Design program at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Get in touch: lopesspress@gmail.com


Parsons School of Design/The New School
Pratt Institute
Maryland Institute College of Art
Rhode Island School of Design
Chicago Portfolio School


Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI

Werkplaats Typografie—ISIA Summer School
Urbino, Italy
Summer 2018

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL


2023 Communication Arts
2020, 2022 Society of Typographic Artists
2019 AICAD Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, MICA
2019 GD USA Designers to Watch
2019 Hispanic Scholarship Foundation
2018 AIGA Worldstudio Coyne Family Foundation Award 
2018 Henry Wolf Scholarship

Selected Clients

Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, Center for Complexity at RISD, Jacobin, Prophet, 3st Design, Greater Good Studio, gravitytank