Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design
Publication date: 3/16/2012
|Now available in paperback, designer Michael Bierut's acclaimed Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design brings together his best critical writing. Whether serious or humorous, flattering or biting, Bierut is always on the mark. Covering topics as diverse as Twyla Tharp and ITC Garamond, Bierut's intelligent and accessible texts pull design culture into crisp focus. Along the way, Nabokov's Pale Fire, Eero Saarinen, the paper clip, the cover of The Catcher in the Rye, the planet Saturn, the ClearRx pill bottle, and paper architecture all fall under his pen. It's no wonder he is widely considered the finest observer on design writing today.|
Michael Bierut is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990, he was vice president of graphic design at Vignelli Associates.
At Pentagram, Bierut is responsible for leading a team of graphic designers who create identity design, environmental graphic design and editorial design solutions. He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in several permanent collections including: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Denver Art Museum; the Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany; and the Museum fuer Gestaltung in Zurich, Switzerland.
Bierut has been very active in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), having served as the president of the New York Chapter from 1988 to 1990 and as the president of AIGA National from 1998 to 2001. He currently serves as a director of the Architectural League of New York and of New Yorkers for Parks. In 1989, Bierut was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and in 2003 he was named to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
Bierut is a senior critic in graphic designs at the Yale School of Art and is a co-editor of the anthology series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design and a cofounder of the online journal Design Observer. His commentaries about graphic design in everyday life can be heard nationally on the Public Radio International program 'studio 360.