Kenneth Hiebert suit la formation de graphisme (Fachklasse für Grafik) dirigée par Hofmann entre 1959-1964. Dès 1966, il contribue à développer le programme de design graphique au Philadelphia College of Art, alors dirigé (de 1964 à 1974) par Rob Roy Kelly. Il y enseigne jusqu’en 1999.
D’autres alumni de Bâle qui y enseignent sont Inge Druckrey (de 1971 à 1973), April Greiman, encouragée par Hofmann (de 1971 à 1976), et Christa Zelinski (de 1977 à 2007).
Selon Sadha (2013):
He taught briefly at the School of Design, Basel, then at Carnegie Institute of Technology, and from 1966–1999 at what is now The University of the Arts where he was founding chairman of the graphic design department. He retired Professor Emeritus in May 1999.
He instigated the universal/Unique symposium and invitational exhibition at the University of the Arts in 1988. He received the Mary Lou Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990 and the Master Teacher Award of the national Graphic Design Education Association in 1991. Honorary degrees were awarded by the Maine College of Art in 2002 and the University of the Arts in 2013.
Quelques indications biographiques:
Hiebert pioneered the program of graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, formerly the Philadelphia College of the Arts.
He was visiting faculty at Yale University and Carnegie Mellon.
Hiebert is the author of two books:
- Graphic Design Processes (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992)
- Graphic Design Sources (Yale University Press, 1998)
In 2019, the Cary Graphic Design Archive at Rochester Institute of Technology acquired the work of Ken Hiebert, making it « available to scholars and students interested in the Swiss influence on American graphic design » (Gawlowicz).
- Gawlowicz, Susan. (2019, June 14). The Cary Graphic Design Archive at RIT acquires the work of Ken Hiebert. Rochester Institute of Technology. https://www.rit.edu/news/cary-graphic-design-archive-rit-acquires-work-ken-hiebert
- RIT.edu, Rob Roy Kelly – Résumé, https://www.rit.edu/~w-rkelly/html/01_ori/ori_res1.html
- Sadha, Aswin. (2013, December 20). Thinking Kenneth Hiebert. 12 20 1930. Thinking Form. https://thinkingform.nyc/2013/12/20/thinking-kenneth-hiebert-12-20-1930/
- Biography at http://www.uartsgd.com/Bios/Hiebert.html