Sunday, November 1, 2009
Michael Bierut // NOT TO BE MISSED!
Michael Beruit of Pentagram, Thursday, November 12, 7pm AOK Library Gallery
Michael Bierut was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, and studied graphic
design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture,
Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining
Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office, he worked
for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of
His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth
Avenue, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson, The
Museum of Arts and Design, United Airlines, The William Jefferson Clinton
Foundation, Mohawk Paper Mills, Princeton University, the New York Jets,
the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library and Museum.
He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the
permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal.
He has served as president of the New York Chapter of the American
Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president
emeritus of AIGA National. 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 is a 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 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: A Documentary Film is considered by many that
movie’s funniest moment. Michael is a co-founder of the weblog
DesignObserver.com, and his book 79 Short Essays on Design was published
in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press.