A Graphic Design Giant

michael-bierutMichael Beirut is a giant in the field of Graphic Design. He is a past AIGA medalist and a partner at Pentagram. His work is inspirational and groundbreaking.

He is the designer behind the famous Design Counts Postcard that launched the AIGA campaign to change and standardize election ballots after the disastrous 2000 election, which familiarized all of us with terms like “pregnant and hanging chads” and butterfly ballots (look it up if you don’t know what I am talking about).

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Paperspecs  published an interview with Michael Beirut, in which he discusses his career and shares some tips with new designers. What really caught my attention is the beginning quote about what makes you a successful designer:

“If you read a lot and you’re genuinely curious about the world, you’ll go far in this profession because there simply aren’t that many people who are able to combine graphic design talent with genuine curiosity about the world.”

The interview was edited by Will Sherwood, author of an interesting blog called: Will Sherwhood’s Success Secrets and Tips.

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