The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 30 with Designer, Educator & Writer Michael Bierut

The Busy Creator 30 w/guest Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut (@MichaelBierut) is one of today’s most renowned and respected graphic designers. Since 1990, he has been a Partner at Pentagram, where he works with clients like MIT Media Lab, The Yale School of Architecture, and the New York Jets. In addition to his work at Pentagram, he is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art and co-founded the online publication Design Observer, where he writes about design and creative culture.

Together we discuss Michael’s feelings in becoming a business owner, how he divides work duties with his team, the clunky process of learning business skills as a young designer, and the exhaustive routines which power his morning. We also learn the 19-syllable-order Starbucks order he buys each working day, and how long it takes him to run 3 miles.

Read more about Michael via his lengthy biography on Pentagram’s website.

Show Notes & Links



  • Oversee a single designer, bring on a second only if you need it
  • Keep your pitches/responses to briefs short but purposeful. Don’t participate in theatrics.
  • Ponder a problem during your morning run. Solve it during that time.


  • Wake up early (5:15a–5:35a)
  • Jog 3 miles every morning
  • Use vacations as a time to focus on a particular project
  • Build writing into your routine. Chunk it down and don’t give yourself a chance to escape.

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About Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 15+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.