Michael Bierut

Despite Michael Bierut’s iconic status and his over 30 years of success, he is still the humble, gracious, mid-westerner who began studying design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Bierut’s pedigree starts early, with his first internship with AIGA medalist Chris Pullman. After school, Bierut landed his first job, and an enviable one at that, at the prestigious Vignelli Associates design firm, where he would eventually become VP of Design. He worked on clients such as Benetton and United Airlines.

After 10 years at Vigenlli, Bieurt moved on to another world-wide industry giant, Pentagram. Bierut doesn’t just create eye-catching work (Including clients like Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yale School of Architecture, Princeton University, Guitar Hero, The New York Jets), but he is also an advocate for design: writing books on design, as a co-founder of Design Observer and as a teacher/lecturer all over the world. Bierut’s down to earth take on design and its place in our lives is what continues to make him accessible and his work fresh and on-point. [AIGA]