I read Michael Beirut in HOW Magazine's 1989 Annual, he was still working with Vignelli Associates at that time. I really believe Mr. Beirut deserved to be nominated.
Bierut was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. 
Bierut was vice president of graphic design at Vignelli Associates. Since 1990 he has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram. 
According to his Pentagram online biography: Bierut "is responsible for leading a team of graphic designers who create identity design, environmental graphic design and editorial design solutions. He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in several permanent collections including: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Denver Art Museum; the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany; and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, Switzerland." 
Bierut served as the national president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1998 to 2001.
Bierut is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art.
Bierut is also the co-editor of three Looking Closer graphic design anthologies. He is also a founding writer of the Design Observer blog with Rick Poynor, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand. 
Bierut is also known for his involvement in the film Helvetica — "Drink Coke, period!"