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Michael Bierut
Essays | Biography | Interviews & Articles | 79 Short Essays on Design | Contact

Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014

He had had many other designers work for him before me and would have many others afterwards. But for me, there would only be one: Massimo Vignelli died on Tuesday, May 17, 2014, at the age of 83.

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What Bill Knew

William Drenttel hated to be thought of as a business guy, but he knew a lot about business...and love.

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And May All Your Christmases Be Carefully Staged So As To Appear White

Creating a wondrous Christmas experience night after night 50 times a year is both magical and aggravating. A New York City Ballet dancer tells all.

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Chromatophobia

I still remember the moment when I began to realize that I had a case of chromatophobia, fear of color. From my earliest days as a designer I loved black and white. Such authority, such decisiveness. To this day, any collection of my favorite personal projects — posters, book covers, identities — marks me as a follower of Henry Ford, who famously told buyers of his Model T that they could have whatever color they wanted as long as it was black.

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Graphic Design Criticism as a Spectator Sport

Thoughtful criticism of graphic design once seemed to have a bright future. These days, it's no more than a series of drive-by shootings punctuated by the occasional lynch mob, conducted by anonymous people with the depth of barroom philosophers and the attention span of fruit flies. So many designers can be articulate, inspiring advocates for the power of design. Where are their voices?

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Positively Michael Patrick Cronan

Michael Patrick Cronan embodied energy, optimism and the blind, thrilling faith that everything was going to turn out okay. He died last week at 61, following a five-year struggle with cancer. Michael Bierut remembers his friend and colleague.

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The Typeface of Truth

Is there a typeface that inclines us to think that anything set in it is true? Errol Morris has done an experiment, and has concluded the answer is yes.

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Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati, and has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram since 1990. Michael is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art.


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Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job

Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job

Michael Bierut gives an outline of his life and work: a video for a D-Crit lecture at SVA in NYC.


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Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design
Michael Bierut
Princeton Architectural Press, 2007
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