Bierut in LA

Every once in a while we are presented with the rare opportunity to see things differently. AIGA LA is proud to present that opportunity. We invite you to an evening with Michael Bierut, famed designer and Pentagram partner. It has been 10 years since Bierut was last in LA sharing his invaluable lessons and profound insights on design and his experience as a designer. On April 19th, Bierut will finally share with us again in his talk titled “Learning on the Job: 10 Lessons from 35 Years in Design”. Join us for an event that you simply can’t miss.

Food will be catered by Bon Mélange Catering.

Artwork design by Ayn Roberts.

$15 for AIGA Student Members
$20 for AIGA Members
$30 for Non-Student Members
$35 for Non-Members

There are no cancellations or refunds.

AIGA Members: Remember to bring your AIGA Membership ID card to the event. You’ll receive a lanyard for your AIGA ID at the AIGA Members-Only check-in table. This will be your name tag for the event.


Michael Bierut, Partner of Pentagram Design
Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980.  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 New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson, The Museum of Arts and Design, United Airlines, The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Mohawk Paper Mills, New World Symphony, Princeton University, the New York Jets, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library and Museum.

He has won hundreds of design awards and his 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.  He also serves as on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and New Yorkers for Parks.  Michael was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. In 2008, he was named winner in the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

Michael is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art, and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He writes frequently about design and is the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic published by Allworth Press. His commentaries about graphic design in everyday life have been heard nationally on the Public Radio International program “Studio 360” and his appearance in Helvetica: A Documentary Film is considered by many that movie’s funniest moment. Michael is a co-founder of the weblog, and his book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press.

Parking Details
Metered street parking is on Main St. and Spring St. Lotted and garage parking is also available. Please allow ample time for parking.

The Downtown Independent is a short 5 blocks from Pershing Square and Civic Center Metro Rail Stops. To find the route that’s best for you, use the Metro Trip Planner or contact Metro at (323) GO METRO.

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When & Where
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S Main St
Los Angeles 90012