Michael Bierut, “Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job”


Michael Bierut has worked as a designer, writer, editor, blogger, and teacher. He describes the pleasures and perils of working for 30 years with an intentionally confusing job description.

Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of Pentagram Design, and was previously vice president for Graphic Design at Vignelli Associates. He is the author of Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) which collects his contributions to Design Observer, the design blog he co-founded with Rick Poynor, Jessica Helfand and William Drentell. Bierut is the co-editor of the anthology series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, published by Allworth Press, and co-editor of Tibor Kalman, Perverse Optimist (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). From 1998 to 2000 he served as the president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and is presently senior critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art. He is a recipient of the AIGA Medal and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Design Mind Award and frequently contributes commentaries on graphic design in everyday life to the Public Radio International program “Studio 360.”

The Spring 2011 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. Space is limited; RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu.

Find details about the entire Spring 2011 D-Crit Lecture Series here.

Event Information

When: 1 Mar 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free and open to the public

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