During his first apprenticeship Bayer published his first typographic work at the age of 19, before enrolling as a student at Bauhaus, attending courses under Itten and Kandinsky. In 1925 he was appointed head of workshop for print and advertising at Dessau Bauhaus. Three year later he moved to Berlin working as graphic designer at Studio Dorland and creating his own work in painting, photography and later becoming art director for Vogue magazine in Paris. In 1938 he moved to the US launching the exhibition Bauhaus 1919-1928 at the MOMA. He moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he continued to work as a painter, designer, architect, landscape designer and consultant. He moved later to California, where he died in 1985.