Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut1In 1957, Michael Bierut was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and as a young adult, this is where he grew up with a love of fine art, music and drawing, which ultimately took the form of album covers. This in turn led him to the only two books in the library at the time on design, “The Graphic Design Manual” by Armin Hofman and “Milton Glaser: Graphic Design”. In 1980 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and shortly after graduating, he started working for Vignelli Associates in New York and continued to do so for the next 10 years.  In 1990, he joined the Pentagram as a partner in the firm’s New York office, where he worked for numerous clients such as; The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson and many more.

Michael Bierut2Michael Bierut has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art Michael Bierut served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts He also serves as on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and New Yorkers for Parks. Michael was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. In 2008, he was named winner in the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

Michael Bierut3Michael is now Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art, and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He writes frequently about design and is the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design published by Allworth Press. His commentaries about graphic design in everyday life have been heard nationally on the Public Radio International program “Studio 360” and his appearance in “Helvetica”.

“Part of maturing as a designer is discovering what you’re good at.”

“Not everything is design. But design is about everything. So do yourself Michael Bierut4a favor: be ready for anything.”

“Graphic design is the purposeful combination of words, pictures and other visual elements to support the communication of an explicit or implicit message.”


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