Edward Fella is an artist and graphic designer whose work has had an important influence on contemporary typography here and in Europe. He practiced professionally as a commercial artist in Detroit for 30 years before receiving an MFA in Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1987. He has since devoted his time to teaching and his own unique self-published work, which has appeared in many design publications and anthologies. In 1997 he received the Chrysler Award and in 1999 an Honorary Doctorate from CCS in Detroit. His work is in the National Design Museum and MOMA in New York. A book of his photographs & lettering: Letters on America was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2000. He was a finalist for the National Design Award in 2001 and in 2007 he was awarded the AIGA Medal. Two more books and exhibits: Two Lines Aline, 2008 REDCAT, Los Angeles and Ed Fella/Documents, 2011 Chaumont France. Ed Fella started at CalArts on September 8, 1987 and he retired June 30, 2013.