The work on this site is part of an ongoing investigation into abstract shape, patterns and geometries. Form-driven aesthetics can make meaning, define culture, expand visual language, and be a catalyst for envisioning possibility. These experiments are in response to intuitive and algorithmic processes that emerge through the transcription of dynamic systems, parametric structures and adaptive grids.



Michael Hersrud is a graphic designer focused on practice-based research, with a specific interest in form-based experimentation as a mechanism to explore graphic phenomena and examine the process of making. In his digital design practice he explores algorithmic, iterative and systematic drawing procedures as a means to recreate and remix graphic vocabularies, intertwined between complexity and simplicity.

Michael’s work takes inspiration from an eclectic mix of curiosities such as; theoretical science, globalization, sacred geometry, network diagrams, emergent systems, cartography, interstellar exploration, design disruption, and multicultural visual vernacular.

Michael received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2006, a BFA from Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 1996, and pursued non-degree earning course work at the University of Oregon and Brown University MEME. Michael previously taught at RISD and Michigan State University, and is currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar — an international division of VCU School of the Arts in HBKU part of Qatar Foundation.


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