PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN (PCA&D)
Ellie Cochran’s interests lie at the intersection of technology and design. Ever since learning to program at a young age, she has been fascinated by the power that computers bring to art. By the time she completed her Visual Arts major at Pittsburgh CAPA high school, Ellie was an enthusiastic developer and designer. Her design sensibilities are driven by a desire to make people’s days easier and better, and to democratize the power of computing. With a deep interest in creative uses of new or emergent technology and innovative mediums and techniques, Ellie is inspired by net art, outsider art, and anti-design. She incorporates transparency and awareness of the wider effects of technology into her work, and considers data privacy a human right. Ellie is completing a BFA in Graphic Design at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Pittsburgh PA and now I live in Lancaster PA.
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Angus from Night in the Woods, laid back and good with computers.
Wrong, Quentin Dupieux, 2013.
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Bojack Horseman crushes my soul.
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Mastodon is a really unique subversion of the monolithic social media paradigm.
Reply All is investigative reporting for the internet age.
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Egon Schiele. His linework suggests so much with just one stroke.
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Trevor Project
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Listening to music, watching video essays
DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?
Music is a super important part of my life. I love playing guitar and piano, and can’t speak highly enough of music as a creative outlet.
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A musician or go into computer science.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Share and be nice.”