Daniel Mellis


Daniel Mellis  
Print Lab Specialist 

MFA, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Art, Columbia College Chicago 
SM, Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
AB, Mathematics, University of Chicago

As Lab Specialist, Daniel Mellis manages the School of Design’s Print Lab, overseeing contemporary digital machines—including laser and inkjet printers and a two-color Risograph—and a letterpress shop with metal and wood type. 

In his personal practice, Daniel uses experimental letterpress and offset printing to create artist’s books and other text-based artworks that explore the poetry of philosophy, the phenomenology of space, the built environment, and the law, among other topics. 

Daniel’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, and is currently held in many collections nationwide. 

A frequent speaker, Daniel has given talks at Yale University, New York University, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, and at conferences of the American Printing History Association and the College Book Art Association. 

Currently, Daniel is collaborating with Eugene Ostashevsky on an English translation of Tango with Cows, a key work of Russian Futurism; the project will preserve the work’s innovative typography and materiality as closely as possible.