Ed Fella is an artist, educator and graphic designer whose work has had an important influence on contemporary typography. 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 at the California Institute for the Arts 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 College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His work is in the National Design Museum and MoMA in New York. A book of his photographs and 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. In 2017 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art staged a solo show of Ed's work titled Ed Fella: Free Work in Due Time.