Assistant Teaching Professor
Brett Yasko is an Assistant Teaching Professor focused on Communications. He teaches seminar and studio-based courses along with "Human Experience in Design" to non-design majors.
Brett maintains a one-person design studio working with artists, curators, writers, photographers, filmmakers and educators on publication, exhibition and identity commissions. Clients include Carnegie Museum of Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Wood Street Galleries, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing, Princeton Architectural Press, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Heinz Architectural Center and Carnegie Mellon's School of Art. He has designed books that are part of the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at Columbia University.
Brett has been recognized in design exhibitions such as the Lodz Design Festival, AIGA 365 and 50 Books, 50 Covers and written about in publications and websites including Communication Arts, the New York Times, The Nation, Metropolis, Dwell, Fast Company, NPR and Design Observer as well as Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review and City Paper. His work has been featured in several books, including Designing for Participatory Culture by Helen Armstrong (Princeton Architectural Press), Designing Obama by Scott Thomas with an introduction by Steven Heller and Michael Bierut (Post Press) and Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual by TImothy Samara (Rockport).
Brett also works as an artist and curator. He seeks to celebrate the uncelebrated and discover the undiscovered. This has allowed him to present 1,900 never-seen-before photographs—never-seen even by the photographers themselves; commission 250 artists to each make a portrait of the same person; and help 7,000 people keep their New Year’s resolutions. Brett has exhibited at Mattress Factory, SPACE gallery, Artists Image Resource, the Three Rivers Arts Festival and The Center for Book Arts in New York City. Brett’s currently working on a feature-length film documenting a year in the life of Pittsburgh’s Poetess, Rachel Ann Bovier.
He holds a BA in Visual Media from The American University in Washington, D.C. and has taught in the School of Design since 2005.