Michael Bierut is a partner in the international design consultancy Pentagram and a co-founder of the online design magazine, Design Observer. A selection of the essays he has written for Design Observer, since its founding in 2003, has been collected under the title Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). Michael is co-editor ofLooking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, vols. 1 through 5 and a regular contributor to I.D. magazine and to Public Radio International’s arts program “Studio 360.” He is also a senior critic in Graphic Design at Yale University School of Art. Among the many honors Michael has received is a Medal of Excellence by the AIGA, an organization for which he was the president from 1998 to 2001, and most the 2008 Cooper Hewitt National Design Mind Award.