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New Work: New City Books

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New City Books is a joint publishing imprint of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and Princeton Architectural Press that explores architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, and planning in the redevelopment of the civic realm. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed the series, which highlights the formative nature of innovative design and makes a case for strategies that spur widespread support of reurbanization in American cities.

While the five books in the series are united by the topical thread of urban redevelopment and design, the content of each book is highly specific in its own right. Rather than applying the same design elements across the series, each book is distinguished by its own set of display typefaces for titles, heading, and the body copy, as well as a unique spine color that alludes to the information within. The New City Books wordmark is set in the same typeface as the copy within the corresponding book.

New Work: The Artful Project

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Marina Willer and team have designed a pop-up gallery in an ice-cream van for The Artful Project.

The Artful Project is an online gallery that makes bold and original art work affordable to a new generation of buyers. The van is the gallery’s physical space, and represents their goal of making art accessible and attainable to everyone.

The van is coated in striking colours and patterns, which recreate the curiosity and delight that art can bring. It is designed to be loud and visible wherever it goes, whether it’s parked at the Frieze Art Fair or driving down the highway.

New Work: Café Royal

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Café Royal is an iconic London venue that has been a meeting and eating place for the avante garde for over a century. This year, it has reopened its doors as a luxury five-star hotel and private members club.

John Rushworth has developed the identity and collateral for the reimagined Café Royal, which takes into account its distinct history, as well as its contemporary renovation by architect, David Chipperfield.

New Work: Fulton Center

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Opening this Sunday, Fulton Center is a new transportation hub that will improve access and connections at the busiest subway interchange in Lower Manhattan. Located at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway, the Center provides a landmark gateway and transfer point for five major subway lines and 11 different trains served by the Fulton Street, Chambers Street–World Trade Center/Park Place and Cortlandt Street stations, as well as connections to the PATH system. The complex is projected to be used by 300,000 passengers daily and is also home to a new retail destination with shops and restaurants.

Working with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed an identity for Fulton Center that conveys its role as a transportation crossroads—and spotlights the unique artwork at its center.

World Chess Championships 2014

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The World Chess Championship begins today in Sochi. For the next 20 days, incumbent Magnus Carlsen of Norway, rated as the best player in history, and five-time World Champion Viswanthan Anand of India will be battling for the title.

The Match is being played over a maximum of twelve games, with the winner being the first to score 6.5 points or more. The match is seen as the last chance for Anand to recapture the title from 23-year old Carlsen, after losing to him in Chennai last year.

This is the second world championship that will be played with Daniel Weil’s World Chess set.

Throughout the Championship Pentagram will be sharing daily results on Twitter. Live coverage of the match can be found on FIDE’s website.

A limited number of World Chess Set are available for purchase here.

New Work: Second Home

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Pentagram partner Marina Willer and team have designed the brand identity for Second Home, a creative institution and workspace in Shoreditch, which provides private studios for fast-growing technology firms and entrepreneurs. Second Home is a curated community that brings together small companies and freelancers to foster new inventions, dialogues and partnerships.

New Work: ‘World Wide Storefront’

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Call for submissions for the inaugural edition of World Wide Storefront, a new exhibition presented by the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

World Wide Storefront is a new exhibition presented by the Storefront for Art and Architecture that features 10 experimental cultural works located around the globe. Conceived as a kind of dispersed, deconstructed architectural survey—a grassroots alternative to large, established shows like the Venice Architecture Biennale—the exhibition aims to uncover, produce and discuss projects on a global scale from local points of view, and is designed to be primarily experienced through a portal website at wwstorefront.org.

Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have created a dynamic identity for the exhibition that reflects its DIY spirit. The graphics are built around a grid motif inspired by maps, as well as the idea that a screen is essentially a grid of pixels. The rigid black-and-white framework holds a riotous mix of content—photographs, drawings, infographics, maps, typography, icons and more—giving the program an open, street-like feel. The identity has been extended to the WWSf website, as well as the exhibition’s eleventh site, the Storefront gallery in New York.

Jen also recently collaborated with Storefront on the identity and graphics for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the design of the new Manifesto Series of books.

New Work: ‘Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film’

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No artist has tapped in to Austin’s distinctive ethos like filmmaker Richard Linklater. His indie classic Slacker helped to define the laidback, “keep it weird” attitude of the burgeoning Texas metropolis.

Now, Pentagram partner DJ Stout and designer Stu Taylor in our Austin office have designed and produced a book of photographs by Matt Lankes that documents the making of Boyhood, Linklater’s critically acclaimed new film that has taken the country by storm.