Michael Manwaring was a San Francisco-based Graphic Designer. Some of his projects included an interpretive signage project for the San Francisco Art Commission that combines poetry, cultural and natural history on The Embarcadero Promenade, a two and one-half mile section of the San Francisco waterfront; and, a permanent outdoor installation on the work of Eugene O'Neill in Danville, California. He was profiled in Time Magazine, and was featured in the first exhibition of graphic design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, In the Public Eye: the work of four graphic designers. Michael received the Allied Professions Award from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects, and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco, and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.

Michael has taught at the College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley, Kent State University,and was an Adjunct Professor of Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco from 1976 to 2001.