Walter Bernard has designed and art directed many of the country’s best-known magazines and newspapers. He was art director of New Yorkmagazine for nine years, as it established a new standard for city and regional magazines. In 1977, his redesign of Time magazine (which he then art directed for the next three years) brought innovative information graphics, illustration and graphic design to the newsweekly. Other credits include the redesign of The Atlantic Monthly, Fortune magazine (1982) and Adweek, a weekly trade publication. In 1983, Bernard and his teacher, mentor, and friend Milton Glaser formed WBMG. Together, they have designed over 100 magazines and newspapers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Bernard began his career as a designer in the art department of Ingenuemagazine. He moved to American Heritage in 1962 where he designed the World War I book. In 1964 he became the Assistant Art Director of Esquiremagazine, where he remained until he moved to New York in 1968 at the urging of Milton Glaser and Clay Felker. From 1967 to 1969 he also art directed Book World, the Sunday book review section of The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. In 1978 Bernard designed High Tech, a seminal interior design book written by Joan Kron and Suzanne Slesin.