Two years ago, Pentagram partner Eddie Opara and his team developed a comprehensive identity and digital offering for Platform, a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the participation of minorities (through race and gender) in the fields of technology and entrepreneurship. This programming included environmental graphics for the inaugural Platform Summit, an event held at MIT featuring talks by influential leaders in technology, business, and culture.
This past October, the second annual Platform Summit was held on the grounds of Morehouse College, the famous black men’s liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia. Morehouse president, John Wilson, Jr. invited the Summit to the college to help spur interest in technological entrepreneurship in Atlanta as part of a vision to position the city as a hub for technology. The event was co-hosted by Georgia Tech in partnership with #YesWeCode, an initiative to train 100,000 low-opportunity youth become world-class computer programmers.
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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.
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Infographics are a dynamic way to visualize data, stats and other figures, and are especially effective at showing opinions—presenting graphic snapshots of what people are thinking and feeling, that help to shape how we view the world. Blopboard is an innovative new social network that enables users to ask questions, share opinions, and visualize how opinions and attitudes change over time. The platform uses the power of infographics to share what people are thinking—in real time, as they think it.
Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and his team have designed and developed Blopboard as a visually and socially engaging community that invites anyone to share their ideas and opinions, with data aggregated in thought-provoking charts and diagrams that can be customized by users. The designers worked closely with Blopboard co-founder Amy Kaufman to create the structure and functionality of the platform, which is available as both a website and mobile app.
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