Life of the Mind is the studio of Mark Owens, a designer, writer, and curator working between New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. In addition to independent projects the studio creates publications, print materials, websites, identities, exhibition graphics, apparel, and motion design for clients, collaborators, artists, and institutions. Mark holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and an MA in English from Duke University. His work has been featured in IDEA (Tokyo), GRAPHIC (Korea), Phaidon’s Area 2, the Walker Art Center’s Gradient blog, Graphic Design: Now in Production, and included in the 2013 Typojanchi Typography Biennial.
His essays have appeared in the pages of Dot Dot Dot, Visible Language, IDEA, GRAPHIC, PIN-UP, Bricks from the Kiln, and Experimental Jetset’s Statement and Counter-Statement. In 2008 he co-edited with Zak Kyes the catalogue for the exhibition Forms of Inquiry at the Architectural Association, London, and in 2012 he was the recipient of a Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2016 he served as guest curator of the exhibition The Surface of Design at Purchase College, SUNY.