Mitya Kharshak was born in Leningrad in 1977. A designer, a photographer, an art critic and a researcher of graphic archaeology. Graduated from the department of Communications design of St.Petersburg State Academy of Design and Applied Art, then in the same Institution completed 3-years post-graduate studies at the Department of Theory and history of arts and architecture. In 1996 and 1998—1999 he studied and taught at the Higher School of Art (Hochschule der Kunste) in Berlin. In 2003 and in 2006 he took part in international interdisciplinary design and architectural projects on topics “Shrinking cities” and “EU-urbanism” in Bauhaus (Dessau, Germany). He is a participant of lots of professional exhibitions and competitions. An author of the book “From psychology of domestic type to graphic archaeology” (2006) and dozens of articles on design, visual art and advertising. Since 2001 till 2006 was a teacher and lecturer on the department of Graphic in North-West State Print University. Since January 2009 he started teaching “The history of design of the XX century” in St.Petersburg State Academy of Design and Applied art.
His works are in the collections of the Russian National Library, the State Museum of Vladimir Nabokov, State Museum of Political History and the State Museum “Tsarskoye Selo Collection”. A member of the Guild of Artists of Russia. The main awards: Golden prize and the prize “Modulor” in the nomination “Graphical design in biennale exhibition “Modulor 2003”, the winner of the exhibition “Sign 2003”, the prize of the Guild of Journalists of Russia (2003), the First Prize in the exhibition-competition “The Golden Flea 2005”, the prizewinner “The Golden Flea 2006”, the second and the third prizes at the International Competition of Trade Style “Identity. Best of the best”. In 2010 four graphic works of Mitya Kharshak were included into the TOP-100 of Russian design, rated by an international expert jury. In 2012 — two works in this rating. The programme “Vizhu! The stars of graphic design”, which was founded and curated by Mitya Kharshak in 2009—2010 was recounted as an “Event of the year in Russian graphic design”. In 2011 and 2012 awarded by the Goveners’ prize in the section of visual art and design.
Since 2007 he is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the “Projector” design magazine. In 2011 he created a series of weekly TV live talks “Projector TV-magazine” — professional program on design, architecture and visual arts. In 2013—2014 he has been editor-in-chief of ART1, a visual daily internet-portal.
Lives and works in St.Petersburg, where he serves as the head of the Higher School of Economics Design School.