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Design Observer [Michael Bierut]

A design site where one sometimes finds discussions on type. The founding writers are Michael Bierut, William Drenttel (an ex-typographer practicing law), Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor.

From Bierut's CV: Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. 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 graphic design. His clients at Pentagram have included The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson, The Minnesota Children's Museum, The Walt Disney Company, Mohawk Paper Mills, Motorola, Princeton University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the New York Jets. Bierut's 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. Michael was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, and was elected to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003. Michael is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art. He writes frequently about design and is the co-editor of the four-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic published by Allworth Press. In 1998 he co-edited and designed the monograph Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist. His commentaries about graphic design in everyday life can be heard nationally on the Public Radio International program "Studio 360."

He received the AIGA Medal in 2006, and was a winner in the Design Mind category at the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. He is a cofounder of the website Design Observer. Michael's book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press. His collection of new essays, Now You See It, was published in the fall of 2017.

In 2018, Michael Bierut and Village type director Chester Jenkins talk collaborated on the Sherman typeface designed as the linchpin of the new identity for Syracuse University. The typeface revives a design created by Frederic Goudy in 1912 which ended up in the possession of the University.

Additional material and links on Bierut: The Atlantic Talks Typography: interview with M. Bierut, Pentagram link, Reasons to Choose a Particular Typeface For a Project.

In 2013, Bierut redesigned the New York City parking signs.

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