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Dear Mr. Bierut,

Next Tuesday, May 20th, during the HOW Design Conference in Boston, Debbie Millman will be interviewing Michael Bierut live, on stage and broadcast through her radio show, Design Matters. Since Debbie has interviewed Michael a couple of times — first, as a guest on Design Matters back in 2005, and then for her book, How to Think like a Great Graphic Designer — they want anything but awkward silences on stage, so they will be pre-taking questions gathered from the internets. So, what would you like to ask Michael Bierut?

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PUBLISHED ON May.14.2008 BY Armin
Joey Pfeifer’s comment is:


You continue to crank out great work at Pentagram along with all of the other partners. My question is this: how does your work consistently look so good despite client requests, changes, etc? Is it because Pentagram is such a respectable firm that clients simply give you a project and trust that you'll design it right?

On May.14.2008 at 04:56 PM
Nate Voss’s comment is:

Who would win in a fight? You or Stefan Sagmeister?

On May.14.2008 at 06:22 PM
boris Kostov’s comment is:


You've heard the saying that art imitates life; would you say that this is true in your work and if so what aspects of your life find their way in your work both metaphorically and literally.

On May.14.2008 at 06:30 PM
Jon Dascola’s comment is:


You have held what I believe to be the paramount position in the graphic design field (Pentagram Partner) for almost two decades.

Do you have any goals you have not yet reached in this business? Or future ambitions?

On May.14.2008 at 09:48 PM
John’s comment is:


More of a favor than a question. With all your design connections, would you please change this logo:


On May.14.2008 at 11:28 PM
Mig Reyes’s comment is:

What message would you want for your epitaph? (And obviously, set in what typeface.)

On May.15.2008 at 01:42 AM
Adam’s comment is:

With reference to this post
what are you, were you, and would like to be?

On May.15.2008 at 08:44 AM
Brian Lucas’s comment is:


Aside from providing strong work over the past decade for both Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and Laura Shore, Creative Director of Mohawk, what other factors have contributed in maintaining these long term client-designer based relationships?

On May.15.2008 at 10:01 AM
Nate Voss’s comment is:

What would you design to make just one aspect of your own life better? Even if only by a little.

On May.15.2008 at 12:04 PM
Peter Whitley’s comment is:

How do you reconcile failure?

On May.15.2008 at 12:18 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

Nate--by my calculations, you are asking two questions...hmmm.

: )

Thank you, everyone, for the *great* contribution. I am so excited by these questions!

On May.15.2008 at 12:55 PM
m.e.’s comment is:

Mr. Bierut,

Where in the world do you find the time to blog AND crank out design after design at the world's preeminent design firm?

On May.15.2008 at 01:23 PM
John Mindiola III’s comment is:

Mr. Bierut:

If you were forced to choose, would you rather be a designer with rock star talent and poor cash, or poor talent with rock star cash? Thank you.

On May.16.2008 at 11:04 AM
APZ’s comment is:

Mr Beirut,

What advice do you have for young designers fresh out of school?

On May.16.2008 at 04:40 PM
Hank Trefethen’s comment is:

Michael Beirut-

I heard from a couple people that you are color blind. I often wonder how that plays into your work,what your work around strategies you have and advice you might give to those of us who are colorblind and about to enter the world of creative professionals.


On May.19.2008 at 10:07 AM
Valerie’s comment is:

Mr. Bierut,

All designers have created some less-than-spectacular pieces in their careers. Do you have any examples of designs that you've done in the past that you would consider clunkers by your own standards today?


On May.19.2008 at 01:47 PM