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Michael S. Weikert, Director

Mike Weikert

Mike Weikert is founding 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 at MICA, a multi-disciplinary studio bringing together students and outside partners from government, nonprofit and business sectors to collaborate on innovative ideas for positive social change. More than 250 MICA students and faculty have participated in projects with partners as diverse as the Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland Energy Administration, National Wildlife Federation, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Whole Foods Market, among others.

Previously, he served as co-chair of the graphic design department at MICA, partner/creative director at Atlanta-based Iconologic, and as a design consultant to the International Olympic Committee. In 2011, he was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and in 2014, received the Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award recognizing his innovative work in design education. He serves as a Network Representative to the Clinton Global Initiative University, launched by President Clinton in 2007 to engage leaders on college campuses around the world. He's also a member of the Winterhouse Design Education & Social Change Symposium, a group of leading thinkers and practitioners in design, management, architecture, and engineering gathered to address issues central to promoting design education and social innovation.

He has received multiple grants and awards recognizing his work: Core 77 Design Awards, 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 with grants from: Sappi Ideas That Matter; the National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

His pioneering work in social design has also appeared in various books: CO LAB: Collaborative Design Survey; 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; LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation; The Nature of Design, as well as in numerous leading design magazines and online publications: Communication Arts, Core 77, Design Observer, Fast Company, GOOD, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, How, Impact Design Hub, Metropolis, Print, etc.


MFA, Graphic Design, 2005, Maryland Institute College of Art 

BFA, Graphic Design, 1993, Miami UniversityPress and Published Recognition

Press & Publications

Awards and/or features in the following books:
Baltimore Magazine
Communication Arts
GOOD Magazine
Graphic Design USA
How International Design Annual
How Interactive Design Annual
Identity, Interiors
MICA Commotion
Print's Regional Design Annual
Show South
STEP Inside Design
STEP Inside Design 100 Annual
Typography 24
Urbanite Magazine

Awards and/or features in the following books:
CO LAB: Collaborative Design Survey
Design Alliance
Designing for Social Change
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
Making History / Making Art / MICA
Print's Best Invitation Design
Print's Best Logos & Symbols 6
The Nature of Design
The Olympic Image
White Graphics

COMMOTION Issue No. 1 Fall '15
center for social design

Impact Design Hub October '15
the future of impact design education

PRINT December '13

GOOD February '13
Make Something Awesome: Design Thinking and the Ivory Tower

Design Observer November '12
Thoughts on SEWF 2012 and the Social Enterprise Lab

Urbanite May '12
LAUNCH LAB: MICA's new LAB awards encourage the best and brightest to stay in Baltimore

Urbanite May '12
ART + the Public Space

Design Ignites Change April '12

GOOD March '12
GOOD MAKER FINALIST: MARYLAND ART STUDENts put social design on wheels

GD USA February, '12

PRINT December '11

Metropolis August '11

GD USA April, '11
back to school: mfa remains popular, relevant option in 2011

GOOD March '11

Core 77 January, '11
Case Study: Social Design Thrives in Baltimore

Maryland Daily Record July 27, '10
student-generated campaign for Health

Baltimore Sun November 22, '09
A Perfect Design: Local graphic design programs get students involved in community outreach

Urbanite October '09
Building for the Better

GOOD July/August '08
Transparency (w/ Oliver Munday and Bernard Canniffe of Piece Studio)

Baltimore Sun July 30, '08
Spiffy clothing for little ones: Designs catch the eye of Target chain

Step Inside Design December '08
Small Roar: Target loves us

Baltimore Magazine November '08
A Star is Born

Urbanite March '05
Graphic Fashion: Two designers imprint clothing with a unique style

PRINT February '05
Going Public: A napster-like revolution in graphic design promises to spread design & its tools to the masses

HOW August '95
Taking off with airport signage

This page was last updated on 09/27/2017.