Pratt Institute's undergraduate and graduate Communications Design programs will present their spring 2011 design lecture series from Wednesday, March 7 through Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Institute's Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. The series will feature talks by designer Michael Bierut and representatives from design firms LAB at Rockwell Group. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, seating priority will be given to current students with Pratt identification.

Visionary and award-winning graphic designer Michael Bierut will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. Bierut is a partner at Pentagram, the world's largest independent design consultancy firm. His creative direction has reimaged massive corporations including Walt Disney, United Airlines, Motorola, the New York Jets, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has contributed essays on design aesthetic to multiple publications and is also the founder of the online journal Design Observer.

Representatives from the LAB at Rockwell Group, the firm's digital interaction design team, delivered a lecture at Pratt earlier this month. The LAB at Rockwell Group uses science and technology to augment interaction through the design and creation of interactive environments and objects. Their spectacular installations, which use digital media to create memorable and sensory experiences, have been exhibited in museums, public spaces, tradeshows, airports, hotels, and boutiques.

Past Communications Design lecturers have included Bruce Mau, Brian Collins, Ellen Lupton, Michael Rock, Experimental Jetset, Rick Valiventi, Paul Sahre, and Luke Hayman.