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Michael S. Weikert, Director

Mike Weikert

Mike Weikert is founder and director of the Center for Social Design and Master of Arts in Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In 2008, he established the Center for Design Practice (CDP) at MICA, a multi-disciplinary, project-based studio dedicated to preparing the next generation of design leaders by bringing students together to apply design processes to develop tangible solutions with outside partner organizations. More than 150 MICA students and faculty have participated in projects with partners as diverse as the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland Energy Administration, Real Food Farm, University of Maryland, and Whole Foods Market, among others.

Mike also serves as an advisor to Project M, an international social design initiative committed to helping young designers use their skills to create positive change in the world. Previously, he served as co-chair of the undergraduate graphic design department at MICA, partner/creative director at Atlanta-based Iconologic, and as a design consultant to the International Olympic Committee. He also worked as a designer with Pentagram and taught graphic design and branding at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. His work has been recognized with awards in Print’s Best Invitation Design, Print’s Best Logos & Symbols 6, Graphic Design USA, Graphis Logo Design, How International Design Annual, How Interactive Design Annual, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Show South, and Typography 24 and grants from Sappi Ideas That Matter, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011, he was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

His pioneering work on social design has appeared in various books, including: Design Alliance, Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design, D.I.Y. Design It Yourself, Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design, Graphic Design: The New Basics, Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming, Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, The Nature of Design, as well as in numerous leading design magazines: Print, Communication Arts, Core 77, GOOD Magazine, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, How, Metropolis, etc.

Education
MFA, Graphic Design, 2005, Maryland Institute College of Art
BFA, Graphic Design, 1993, Miami University

Press and Published Recognition

Design Alliance, Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design, D.I.Y. Design It Yourself, Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design, Graphic Design: The New Basics, Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming, Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, Print's Best Invitation Design, Print's Best Logos & Symbols 6, The Nature of Design, The Olympic Image, and White Graphics.

Baltimore Magazine, Communication Arts, GOOD Magazine, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, How International Design Annual, How Interactive Design Annual, Identity, Metropolis, Print's Regional Design Annual, Show South, Typography 24, and Urbanite Magazine