Woody Pirtle is an artist commissioned in 2002 by Amnesty International to design a series of posters focusing on twelve of the individual articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Currently, he heads Pirtle Design, a design consultancy based in New York.
Woody Pirtle established Pirtle Design in Dallas, Texas in 1978. Over the next 10 years, the firm created identity programs and marketing materials for Baylor University Medical Center, The Dallas Museum of Art, T.G.I. Friday's, Dallas Opera, Diamond Shamrock Corporation, National Gypsum, Centex Homes, Gerald D. Hines Interests, Simpson Paper Company and NCR, to name a few.
In 1988, Woody merged Pirtle Design with Pentagram, an international design consultancy founded in London in 1972, becoming a partner at their New York offices for the next 18 years while continuing to work with some of the firm's most prestigious clients. Between 1988 and 2005, Woody and the office of Pentagram produced work for Brown-Forman, Bacardi Global Brands, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Watch City Brewing Company, Murray’s Cheese, Really Cool Foods, IBM, Champion International Corporation, Fine Line Features, The Rockefeller Foundation, Nine West, Northern Telecom, Knoll International, Wellesley College, Princeton University, Brooklyn Law School, and Amnesty International, plus many others. In 2005 Woody left Pentagram to re-establish Pirtle Design.
According to Pirtle's website, "Woody’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Neue Sammlung Museum in Munich, and the Zurich Poster Museum. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, lectured extensively, is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and has served on the board of HOW magazine, Sustainable Hudson Valley, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts ("AIGA"). In October 2003, he was awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal for his career contribution to the design profession."