AMES, Iowa — Michael Braley, creative director of Braley Design in Lexington, Kentucky, will share his influences and insights from three decades as an award-winning graphic designer in a lecture at Iowa State University.

Braley will present “The Art of the Poster” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design.

In this free lecture — which follows the opening reception of the United States International Poster Biennial exhibition in the college’s Gallery 181 — Braley, who has eight posters selected for the juried exhibition (including his “Herbert Bayer Homage, at right), will reveal the key elements that make an effective poster and what he believes is the true “art” of the poster.

While at Iowa State, Braley will also offer a workshop on typographic poster design for undergraduate students in the graphic design program.

About the speaker

Braley has more than 30 years of experience in brand, print, poster, book and package design. His work has been recognized internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Art and Design) Hamburg, Germany, Lahti Poster Museum, Finland, and the Museum of the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland.

He has won awards in numerous national and international publications and exhibitions, including international poster biennials in Bolivia, Colombia, China, Ecuador, Finland, Hungary, Peru, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United States.

He received a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Iowa State in 1993.


Paul Bruski, Graphic Design, 515-294-5635,
Heather Sauer, College of Design Strategic Communications, 515-294-9289,