Paula Scher has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram, a multi-disciplinary design firm, since 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and honorary doctorates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. Her teaching career includes over two decades at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, along with positions at the Cooper Union in New York City, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Tyler School of Art. She is the author of Make It Bigger (2002) and MAPS (2011), both published by Princeton Architectural Press. She has lectured and exhibited all over the world.
In the 1990s, Paula Scher began painting colorful typographic maps of the world, its continents, countries, islands, oceans, cities, streets and neighborhoods. Obsessive, opinionated and more than a little personal, the paintings were a reaction against information overload and the constant stream of news, which, like the paintings, present skewed versions of reality in a deceptively authoritative way.