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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. 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. He also worked as a designer with Pentagram and taught graphic design and branding at the Portfolio Center.

In 2011, he was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and in 2014, received the Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award. He's a member of the Winterhouse Design Education & Social Change Symposium and 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.

His work has been recognized with awards in various books and publications including: 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 including: 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; The Nature of Design, as well as in numerous leading design magazines and online publications: Communication Arts, Core 77, Design Observer, GOOD, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, How, Impact Design Hub, Metropolis, Print, etc.

Education

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
COMMOTION
Communication Arts
GOOD Magazine
Graphic Design USA
Graphis
How International Design Annual
How Interactive Design Annual
Identity, Interiors
Metropolis
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
REGIONAL DESIGN ANNUAL, Status update

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
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: SOCIAL DESIGN AT MICA

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

GD USA February, '12
STUDENTS TO WATCH IN 2012

PRINT December '11
REGIONAL DESIGN ANNUAL, EMPOWER MARYLAND

Metropolis August '11
D-SCHOOL UNBOUND

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

GOOD March '11
CAN SCHOOLS TEACH DESIGNERS HOW TO SOLVE THE WORLDS PROBLEMS?

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