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Michael Bierut at the Esther Massry Gallery

2 Oct

Looking back on the last couple of months of posts you’d think that the only things I like are food-related! I’ll be honest, I do like food a lot. And ever since we moved into our house I’ve been heavily focused on gardening and cooking. But there are plenty of non-food things in this area that make me happy. For example: graphic designer Michael Bierut’s show 30 Years 90 Notebooks at the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of St. Rose. I went with two fellow designers to the show’s reception this past Friday, and afterwards enjoyed a short presentation about the show and some Q&A with Bierut.

Michael Bierut discussion

As I said to someone later that night, work by Bierut and his colleagues popped up so memorably throughout my various years of graphic design study and post-art school experience that listening to his stories felt like hearing tales of old friends. I caught myself smiling and nodding along on multiple occasions.

Light Years poster by Michael Bierut

The Architectural League of New York Light Years poster by Michael Bierut

The show itself is a collection of work from 1987-2010. The designs are usually clever and always concise, my favorite kind of thoughtful solutions that rely on smart typography and page layout, not a particular color palette or the latest photoshop filter. You’ll also see the creative seeds of some of the pieces in the handful of notebooks on display, which intersperse mundane facts jotted down during client and colleague meetings with rough sketches of brainstormed ideas. Obviously if you’re interested in classic graphic design it’s a good visit. But even if you’re not a big ol’ type & design fangirl like me it’s still an accessible show, and a nice look at communicating visually. Check it out!

Seduction poster by Michael Bierut with titling by Marian Bantjes

Yale School of Architecture Seduction poster by Michael Bierut with titling by Marian Bantjes.