Fancy spending a day at Pentagram London working with one of its Partners to create a poster to inspire the world? This is your chance.
Pentagram Partner Naresh Ramchandani has launched a poster design competition for his environmental charity Do The Green Thing, in collaboration with WWF for their Earth Hour campaign. Last year, Do The Green Thing lead the countdown to Earth Hour in March 2013, inspiring over 11 million around the world with 23 posters from world-class creatives.
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Pecha Kucha, which means “chit chat” in Japanese, is an evening of creative inspiration originally imported from Tokyo in 2003. Currently there are over 700 chapters in cities all over the world. The challenging Pecha Kucha format involves 10 local speakers chosen from a variety of disciplines who are allowed 20 slides a piece set on a timer of 20 seconds per slide. The fast-paced “20 X 20″ presentations, just over six minutes per person, make for a thoroughly entertaining night of insight, artistry and passion. The Austin chapter was founded by Herman Dyal and Carla Fraser, and Lana McGilvray and Pentagram partner DJ Stout took over as directors in 2011.
Stout and his colleague Stu Taylor at Pentagram’s Austin office started designing original posters for the events with Pecha Kucha volume 10, which was staged at a rock ‘n’ roll hot rod customizing garage called the Austin Speed Shop, and they have now completed the poster for Pecha Kucha 18, to be held this week at the Livestrong headquarters in East Austin. Over time the commemorative silk-screened posters, which always feature the names of the 10 guest presenters, have become collectors’ items in Austin.
One of the traditions of Pecha Kucha is that each event is held at a different location, often at unique and off-beat places. Some of the previous Austin venues have included an abandoned power station, a modern furniture showroom, a former Goodwill Industries building, a vintage theater at a Freemason’s lodge, a millworks, an old office supply warehouse, an advertising agency’s lobby, the Austin City Limits sound stage, under a tent pitched in the parking lot of Pentagram Austin’s offices, and even a downtown alley.
Pecha Kucha 18, which will be held this Thursday, November 21 at 8:20 PM, at the Livestrong Foundation headquarters, is part of the annual week-long E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour) event. The last several Pecha Kucha events held during E.A.S.T. were in old abandoned buildings, so McGilvray and Stout and their curatorial board thought it would be an interesting change of pace to stage Pecha Kucha 18 in Livestrong’s beautiful, refurbished building designed by Lake/Flato Architects.
“Obviously the former Lance Armstrong Foundation’s controversial namesake has fallen from grace, but one of our upcoming presenters, who has endured a life-changing cancer scare themselves, is going to talk about the assistance and support they recently got from the Livestrong Foundation,” says Stout. “I guess you could say that Livestrong is still living strong for a lot of people.”
The Pecha Kucha Austin 18 roster of speakers includes radio personality John L. Hanson Jr. (aka John E. Dee “The Black Prince”), filmmaker and photographer Andrew Shapter, vintage motorcycle guru Alan Stulberg, abstract painter Court Lurie, hot-rod portraitist George Brainard, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez, taco connoisseur Mando Rayo, sign-painter Joe Swec, the creators of the THIRST project, and the legendary Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade.
The charm and beauty of San Francisco have inspired countless artists and designers and earned it acclaim as the best and happiest city in America, not to mention the most romantic. (We know we love it.) To celebrate the city, AIGA San Francisco has curated InsideOut SF, an exhibition and silent auction of original poster designs that highlight personal impressions of the city. The show features new posters by Bay Area-based designers, photographers and illustrators (the “Inside” perspective), as well as some of the most influential creatives from around the world (the “Out”). Pentagram’s Natasha Jen, Eddie Opara, John Rushworth, Paula Scher and Marina Willer have all contributed designs for the event. (Check out the full list of contributors here.) Proceeds from the sale will benefit the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, with funds going towards scholarships, educational programming and community events, such as SF Design Week.
The posters will be exhibited and auctioned at the AIGA SF Fall Gala on Tuesday, November 12 at Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street in San Francisco. Get your tickets here.
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To celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the National Theatre in London invited five internationally renowned graphic designers to each create a poster that represents one of the NT’s five decades. Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a poster that features custom typography inspired by the NT’s original home at the Old Vic. Other participating designers include David Carson, Michael Craig-Martin, Graphic Thought Facility and Jamie Reid. Each of the 20″ x 30″ (508mm x 762mm) signed prints has been published in a limited edition of 200 and is available for purchase at “Shopping and E*ting,” a special pop-up shop at the NT’s home on the South Bank, as well as online. Scher’s design is also available as a greeting card and tote bag. The pop-up launches today and remains open through 12 January.
Project Team: Paula Scher, partner-in-charge and designer; Jeff Close, designer.
Partner DJ Stout and designer Stu Taylor in Pentagram’s Austin office have designed a new CD package, posters and a lyric book for Austin-based musician Darden Smith. The multi-talented singer-songwriter’s newest release on Compass Records, Love Calling, features a not-so-loving image of a woman strapped to a large wooden wheel with multiple swords protruding from her back. “Obviously this album features love songs,” says Stout, “but as everyone knows, there’s a very thin line between love and hate.”
Included with the collection of love ballads is a song called “Angel Flight” that Smith wrote in 2009 with his friend Radney Foster. The song, which became a radio and Internet sensation, honors the military pilots who fly the planes that bring fallen soldiers home. That song gave Smith the idea for his successful Songwriting with Soldiers program, established in 2012, where the master songwriter works with veterans suffering from PTSD and other injuries. “The album also features a song about jealous love called ‘I Smell Smoke,’ and ‘Baltimore’ is a dark tale about shattered love and salvation,” says Stout, “so the songs aren’t all lovey-dovey. ‘Angel Flight’ is about the heart-wrenching consequences of war, so the violent image of the angelic-looking woman with the traditional weapons of warfare stuck in her back seemed to me to be an appropriate symbol for this collection of songs.”
For local hero Smith, who’s been writing songs and performing for 40 years, Love Calling opens a new chapter in the artist’s prolific career and circles back to his musical roots. “And that’s where the symbolism of the big wooden wheel on the cover comes into play,” says Stout. “Darden is a hard worker and he’s had his fair share of high points and low, both in music and love.”
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Animated version of the new Sundance Institute identity.
Founded by the actor and director Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, in 1981, Sundance Institute has grown into a global nonprofit cultural organization that advances the work of storytellers in a variety of disciplines. Best known for the Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest showcases for independent cinema in the world, the Institute is also a resource for thousands of independent film, theater and music artists through its year-round labs, programs and initiatives including the Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Theatre Program, Creative Producing Initiative, Film Music Program, #ArtistServices, and many more.
Pentagram’s Paula Scher has created a new identity for Sundance Institute and a flexible identity system that can be customized for the Institute’s many programs and initiatives. Bold, iconic and memorable, the identity is based around the simple form of a bright yellow circle, a play on the Institute’s name. Scher has also designed the graphic identity for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
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Opening today, Inside Out is an exhibition at the Royal Academy that celebrates Richard Rogers, one of the world’s most influential and admired architects. To promote the exhibition, Pentagram’s Marina Willer was asked to create an introductory film and Harry Pearce and his team created its visual campaign.
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Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed her 19th season campaign for Shakespeare in the Park. After almost two decades, we’re allowed to make a few mistakes. Introducing The Comedy of
srorrE Errors and evoL Love’s Labour Lost.
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As part of the launch of Fontsmith’s new sans serif font, FS Emeric, design studios around the world were invited make a poster. The brief was to use a single weight of the typeface to create a poster that would embody the three words that best represent its character—optimistic, adventurous and ambitious.
Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa took on the brief, creating a poster which shows the full stop, or period, of FS Emeric Core at 11,750 pt. Lippa says, “We didn’t want to over-design it so we took the most simplistic, smallest element of the typeface, the full stop, and enlarged it so it became a graphic shape in itself. The idea of the poster was also a statement: FS Emeric, full stop.”
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Pecha Kucha, which roughly translates to “chit-chat” in Japanese, is a creative speaking event that originated in Tokyo. The unique format, a kind of speed-dating version of a TED talk, requires each of 10 guest speakers to develop their presentations within the strict parameters of 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. The slides are set on a timer out of the control of the presenters, so the cumulative effect of 10 short presentations, just over six minutes each, leads to a fast and furious evening of entertainment and creative inspiration.
Pecha Kucha was originally brought to Austin by Herman Dyal and Carla Fraser, and Pentagram Austin partner DJ Stout and Lana McGilvray became the directors in 2011. Three or four of the events are organized every year, and to date there have been 16 Pecha Kucha evenings in Austin, with number 17 on the way this Thursday, April 18th. McGilvray and Stout took the helm at PK 10 and for that program Stout and designer Stu Taylor designed a poster that was given away at the event. The two Pentagrammers continued to design posters for every Pecha Kucha evening after that and have now created a series of eight collectible posters. All of the posters have been silkscreen printed by Tony Diaz of Industry Print Shop, who just happens to be one of the 10 guest speakers at the upcoming PK 17.
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