Walter Bernard is a designer and art director from the US that is well known for his redesigns and art direction of New York Magazine, Time Magazine, and Adweek, just to name a few, during the ’70s and ’80s. In 1983, he started his own company, WBMG, with his friend and mentor Milton Glaser, and continued to design over 100 magazines and newspapers around the world.
His influence in editorial design reaches far across the United States and countries such as Japan, Spain, and France. He has won numerous awards and has been recognized by organizations including the Art Directors Club, AIGA, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Society for Newspaper Design.
Bernard started his career as early as the ’60s and has a wealth of experience in the design world. Many of his works for the Scandanavian Review magazine can be seen above from his feature in Graphis Journal #362. He also shared his inspirations and motivations in an insightful Q&A.
He relates that one of his most difficult challenges was getting an art education. He was not able to attend schools like Cooper Union due to a lack of funds for tuition or not having the skills to qualify. He ended up attending the Art Career School located on top of the Flatiron Building, and eventually the School of Visual Arts where he was taught by Milton Glaser. Later he himself would teach at SVA and at other schools that he couldn’t attend, such as Cooper Union.
He has accomplished so much in his career that he says, he no longer has any dreams aspirations. Many of his goals have already been fulfilled.