BORN IN CORSICANA, TEXAS. GRADUATED IN FINE ARTS
AT UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS.
For almost 20 years he was a partner in the New York office
of Pentagram and worked on the firm’s most prestigious projects.
In 2005 he left Pentagram to re-establish his first firm, Pirtle Design.
Mr Pirtle’s recent projects include identity and website redevelopment
for the international law firm, Wachtel Lipton Rosen & Katz;
identity and/or signage programs for the American Folk Art Museum;
the Addison Gallery of Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts;
the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; Brooklyn Ballet Company;
Amnesty International; the Hudson Valley Preservation Commission;
Graphis; and design development for The William Stafford Center
in Portland, Oregon.
Mr Pirtle’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt Museum
in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London,
the Neue Sammlung Museum in Munich, and the Zurich Poster Museum.
He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, lectured extensively,
is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and has served on
the board of HOW magazine and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal for his career
contribution to the design profession.