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New Work: 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

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The 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival opens today with a bold identity, promotional campaign and trailer designed by Pentagram’s Emily Oberman and team. Produced by Film Independent and now in its 21st year, the Festival runs from June 10 to 18 at L.A. LIVE and showcases 74 feature films—including 39 world premieres—60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. Simultaneously strong, colorful and evocative, the branding sets the tone for the extraordinary range of films presented at the Festival.

New Work: Shakespeare in the Park 2015

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Paula Scher’s iconic Public Theater identity goes to pieces in the campaign for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park, the annual free performances presented by The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This summer’s program pairs “The Tempest”, Shakespeare’s stormy classic about the magic of storytelling, with the fairy-tale romance “Cymbeline”.

Scher’s campaign for the summer performances previews the look of the graphics for the Public’s 2015-2016 season. The Shakespeare in the Park poster campaigns used to exist apart from the fall season campaigns, but over the past few years the graphics for the Public’s most famous program have helped establish the seasonal look for all aspects of the institution.

Playing off the word “free,” this year’s design is handmade and exists as lines of sliced typography that are cut through photography or large-scale words. The tempest of type creates a mini-identity that both dramatically updates and functions within the familiar Public Theater brand.

New Work: It’s All Our Blood

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Harry Pearce explains why he decided to make a poster out of his own blood. 

I was recently asked to create a poster for the ‘Questioning the Bomb’ exhibition launching at the Art Gallery of Maryland in the US this September.

The exhibition marks 70 years since the twin nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, a moment that still resonates as one of the most shocking in human history.

The visual idea and the line came simultaneously. I was looking at ink drops underwater, for a completely different project, and when I turned the picture upside down I saw the mushroom cloud.

Earthmojis: Protest Placards for the World

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Great protests need great placards. They are an essential part of direct action, hoisted by modern-day standard bearers, proclaiming a stance to the world. But all too often their messages are lost in the throng, amongst earnest messaging and scrawled angst.

For the People’s Climate March in London last Saturday, Naresh Ramchandani and team created a unique set of placards that would be able to stand out from the rest. They needed to reflect how social media has altered protest, allowing dissent to take place online as well as on the streets.

Circular 18 Poster Giveaway

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This week, we are giving away twelve signed, limited edition A1 posters by Domenic Lippa and Jeremy Kunze. The posters are inspired by four interviews in ‘Circular 18’, the latest edition of the Typographic Circle’s members magazine, which was also designed by Lippa and Kunze.

We’ll be giving away three copies of each of the posters every day until Friday on our Twitter. To be in with a chance to win all you need to do is retweet one of our daily Tweets about the giveaway.