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Celebrating ‘Design and Content’

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Pentagram’s friends, clients and colleagues recently gathered at our New York studio to celebrate the publication of Abbott Miller: Design and Content, the new monograph by Abbott Miller. In the book, out now from Princeton Architectural Press, Miller assumes both roles of designer and author, taking readers through his process of designing identities, books, magazine, exhibitions, environmental graphics, and digital projects, including groundbreaking work for clients and collaborators including the Guggenheim, Harley-Davidson, Vitra, Knoll, Formica, Rolling Stone and 2wice.

The New York Times Book Review has just highlighted Design and Content in its year-end roundup of notable design books. In his review, Steven Heller writes that the “engaging design book…offers a neutral frame for a precisionist practice” that, in Miller’s words, balances “the hedonism of the eye and the obligations of function, message and content.”

New Work: ‘Malformed’

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An unusual new book designed by Stu Taylor and partner DJ Stout in Pentagram’s Austin office comes out of the closet, literally, on December 2. Published by powerHouse Books, Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital features still-life images of brains by Austin-based photographer Adam Voorhes with reporting and essays by Alex Hannaford.

“The book will be out just in time for those hard to shop for Christmas gifts,” quips Stout. “But seriously, these expertly crafted images may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are fascinating and beautiful in their own right.”

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: ‘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.