Partner at Pentagram
Michael Bierut’s first job after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 was with Massimo Vignelli, where he worked for ten years before becoming a partner in the New York office of Pentagram. There his clients have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, Mastercard, MIT Media Lab and Hillary Clinton. He is a past president of AIGA, a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the AIGA Medal and a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. He teaches at the Yale School of Art and the Yale School of Management. Michael is a co-founder of the website Design Observer and the author of two books, 79 Short Essays on Design and How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry and (every once in a while) change the world.