Interviews with Graphic Designers: Bill Beachy
We take a moment to ask Go Media President Bill Beachy about a mistake he’s made in his business and what it taught him in the long-run.
Bill is the founder and President at Go Media Inc., where he wears many hats. He still designs, sells, illustrates and manages. Bill’s career as an entrepreneur started in middle school, when he would buy candy in bulk and sell it to his school friends for a profit. He’s had many learning experiences since then, which he’ll tell you about in his highly successful book, “Drawn to Business,” which outlines how he and other top firms built their businesses from the ground up. Bill believes in being transparent with his staff and the community, so he is very open about the knowledge he’s gained and freely shares the mistakes he’s made in hopes that others learn from them.
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Time Out with Bill Beachy
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The WMC Fest Creators. Doers. Makers. Series highlights Cleveland design legend Michael Bierut
Our new video series highlights remarkable makers and designers that inspire and motivate us to create greatness. Episode Two puts the spotlight on Michael Bierut, a featured speaker at the best creative conference of the summer, Go Media’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest (2015). Michael needs little introduction. You’ll recognize him for his work with New York design studio Pentagram, where he is partner.
Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is presented by Cleveland web design, logo design and graphic design studio Go Media.
The Creators. Doers. Makers. Series, directed by Aaron Freeder, will be back with more videos highlighting your favorite Weapons of Mass Creation Fest artists. Continue checking back here on our blog or over at wmcfest.com for more great features.
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About Michael Bierut:
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 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal. He 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 on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 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. He writes frequently about design and is the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design published by Allworth Press. In 2002, Michael Bierut co-founded Design Observer, a blog of design and cultural criticism: today, the site is the largest design publication in the world with over a million site visits a month. Michael’s book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press. A monograph on his work, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry and (every once in a while) change the world will be published this fall by Harper Collins.