Amir Berbić is a graphic designer primarily working on place identity, three-dimensional typography, and design pedagogy. He collaborates with cultural organizations, arts institutions, and publishers. Amir is on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Design. Prior to joining UIC in 2014, he taught design at the American University of Sharjah, in the UAE, where he examined branding campaigns for Dubai’s architectural developments.
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Amir immigrated to Chicago in the 1990s where he completed his studies and worked in editorial design and micro-publishing. He holds a BFA in graphic design from UIC 2002 and an MFA in visual communication from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2004.
Amir’s design, writing, and teaching output have been featured in numerous academic and professional publications, conferences, and exhibitions including Print, Design Issues, ICOGRADA World Design Congress, AIGA Design Educators Conference, TypeCon, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan, and many others. His work is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection of architecture and design.
Amir Berbić served as the Acting Director of the UIC School of Design and is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the UIC College of Architecture, Design and the Arts. He is on the AIGA Chicago Board of Directors, in the role of Vice President of Education.