Michael Robinson is a multidisciplinary visual artist, creative director, independent curator, and educator.

His Brooklyn based studio focuses on building community through meaningful design work for various brands, cultural institutions, universities, fashion, performance, music, and the visual arts. Robinson is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design, twice nominated for excellence in teaching. 

He also independently lectures about art, design, creative leadership and exhibits at various conferences, festivals, workshops, and retreats including Central St. Martins, TRImarchi, Altos de Chavon, Universidad Iberoamericana, Hollins University, The Open Center, and the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference. Robinson has moderated panel discussions with Ross Bleckner, Milton Glaser, Mirko Ilić, Android Jones, Daniel Pinchbeck, Alex Grey, Graham Hancock, and organized events and retreats with Sting, Russell Brand, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Elena Brower, Reggie Watts, Thievery Corp., Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, and Sharon Gannon.

In 2006, he co-founded Evolver and launched its web magazine Reality Sandwich. Evolver includes Evolver Learning Labs, a webinar platform, the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions distributed by Random House, a resource for impact capitalism with over 3 million users, Evolver Social Movement, and The Alchemist's Kitchen, a retail, education, and event space in downtown Manhattan.

Mr. Robinson curated the Levi Strauss & Co.'s 150th Anniversary of the 501 (2003), Levi Strauss & Co.'s 12 Conditions (2004) Evolver’s Wake Up and Dream Salon (2008), Toward 2012 at Collective Hardware (2009), and the Conscientia Studio Retreat series (2008-2011). He was part of City Harvest’s 2008 FOCUS benefit auction committee as the creative director with Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Rachel Ray, Kevin Bacon, Maalak Rock, Eric Ripert, Timothy White, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Varvatos helping to raise $250,000 in photography sales for hunger relief.

Since 2007 Michael has also worked for Burners Without Borders (BWB), a grassroots, volunteer-driven, community leadership organization whose goal is to support volunteers from around the world in innovative disaster relief solutions & community resiliency projects. His design work for BWB has been featured in the City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man show at the Nevada Museum of Art (2017), and the upcoming No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2018).

Contact Michael at michael@michaelrobinsonnyc.com to schedule lectures, panels, or collaborations.


Published Works

20 Years of Style: The World of Paper MagazineExtreme DesignWeb Design: NavigationLogo Design II • TMDG 10th Anniversary Book • Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age • Forging Community Through Visionary Art

TMDG (TRIMARCHI DESENO GRAPHICO) 10th anniversary book • spread design contribution

 

Select Lectures & Workshops

The Design of Dissent featuring Michael Robinson, Milton Glaser, & Mirko Ilic


UNIVERSIDAD IBEROAMERICA • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC • MARCH 2011 • DESIGN & PROCESS LECTURE


RED LIGHTNING • BURNING MAN • 2011

• Boon for the Commons: Community Initiation - Lecture with Baza Novic and Jennifer Palmer

• Dimensional Shifts Through the Internet - Lecture with Jennifer Palmer


TMDG (TRIMARCHI DESENO GRAPHICO) CONFERENCE • MAR DE PLATA, ARGENTINA • 2010

Transformational Culture in the Digital Age lecture & Dimensional Shift Alphabet workshop


Conscientia  2008-2013 

Organized/hosted the retreats, and moderated panel discussions. Guest Speakers included Russell Brand, Ross Bleckner, Alex Grey, Android Jones, Carey Thompson, Dennis McKenna, Lisa Renee, and Graham Hancock


Transformational Culture in the Digital Age

  • 2010 - Central St. Martins College of Art & Design - London, England
  • 2008 - 2012 - Conscientia Retreats - Boulder, Utah