Michael Burke Lecture: Herbert Bayer’s Atlas

Professor R. Roger Remington’s Graduate Design History Colloquium gained insight into Herbert Bayer’s World Geographic Atlas through a visit and lecture from Michael Burke.

Burke is a major design scholar, expert on information graphics, author of note, outstanding teacher and international figure in the design world. A truly global design professional, his career has been bridged between practice and teaching design in England, the United States and Germany.

He studied graphic design and later taught at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in England and has taught in the United States at Ohio State University, lectured at Rochester Institute of Technology and, also in Germany, at the Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau. He has participated as a visiting scholar/designer at the University of Venice (IUAV) in Italy. He is a Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbish Gmünd, one of Germany’s leading design schools where he was on the faculty for 20 years.

As a design professional he worked with Otl Aicher on the graphics for the 1976 Olympics in Munich, Germany. He was a member of the team in the UK that produced the groundbreaking publication OCTAVO between 1984 and 2001. With colleague Peter Wildbur, he produced the seminal volume INFORMATION GRAPHICS in 1998. Burke was also guest editor of Graphics International, contributing a major article on Herbert Bayer’s World Geo Atlas. For the London Design Museum, Burke curated a major exhibit on information design. He has also collaborated with Professor Joachim Krausse on basic research on the Isotype symbol language and has collaborated with James Peto at the Wellcome Trust in London on interpretive exhibit design on medical subjects. For the London Design Museum, Burke curated a major exhibit on Information Design.