Abbott’s projects are often concerned with the cultural role of design and the public life of the written word. At Pentagram he leads a team designing books, magazines, catalogs, identities, exhibitions, and creating editorial projects.
Abbott has received numerous design honors, including medals from the Society for Publication Designers and three nominations for National Magazine Awards. In 1994 Abbott—together with Ellen Lupton—was awarded the first annual Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. He is a member of the Type Directors Club, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He teaches in the Graphic Design Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
His work and critical writing has appeared in Eye, Print and other publications, and he is the co-author of four books, including the classic Design/Writing/Research: Writing on Graphic Design. A survey of his design work, Abbott Miller: Design and Content, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014.