education
MFA (in progress)
Graphic Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
2017-2019


BFA
Graphic Design
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
2007

ISIA/Werkplaats Typographie

Summer School
Urbino, Italy
2018


community involvement
Student Representative
VP of SEI Search Commitee


Lead
RISD Graduate Student Alliance
2017-2018


Diversity Co-Lead
AIGA Chicago
Chicago, IL
2016


languages
Spanish
English
ASL


interests
Chicago Marathon
2010, 2011, 2012, 2014


awards AIGA Worldstudio Coyne Family Foundation Award, 2018


Henry Wolf Scholarship, RISD Graphic Design Department, 2018

Elaine Lopez (b. 11/84) was born in Miami, Florida to recently-arrived Cuban immigrants. Shortly after earning a BFA in graphic design from the University of Florida in 2007, Elaine moved to Chicago. There she began her career as an art director at full-service agency Leo Burnett. After three years, Elaine shifted towards the human-centered design field, accepting a position as a communications designer at Gravitytank where she helped design new products and services for global clients. Later, as Design Lead at Greater Good Studio, she helped mission-based organizations address challenging social issues like childhood literacy and education reform. In 2017, Elaine collaborated with Thirst Design to revive designer Paul Rand's brand for Columbus, Indiana. Outside of work, she served as the Diversity and Inclusion Lead for AIGA Chicago to combat inequality in the design field. At RISD, Elaine is exploring the intersection of research, design, and cultural diversity. She is a member of the Graduate Student Alliance.

elopez@risd.edu