Last night Ohio State triumphed over Oregon 42-20 to win the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Watched by a capacity crowd of 85,689 in the stands and a cable television record of 33.4 million viewers—ESPN’s largest audience and highest overnight rating ever—the game represents a stunning success for the new era in college football.
Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and his team created an iconic trophy and visual identity to build the foundation for the new four-team playoff and raise its profile in the national conversation. The designs were fundamental elements in shaping every aspect of a mega sports event that combines the excitement of a tournament with a championship game on par with the Super Bowl.
Sleek and contemporary, the 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel trophy expands on the identity originally created by Michael Gericke and Matt McInerney for College Football Playoff. The symbol’s two rising brackets represent the coming together of the best teams in the playoff system and form the shape of a virtual football—the four laces of the ball portray the four playoff teams.
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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.
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The College Football Playoff National Championship trophy is the ultimate goal of college football teams across the United States. Awarded to the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the trophy represents the highest level of team achievement in the Division 1 NCAA sport.
Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and his team have created a dynamic and contemporary design for the trophy. Commissioned for the new era of the College Football Playoff, the trophy will be presented on-field to the winner of the Championship Game on January 12, 2015.
The new trophy is designed to be raised in celebration by the winning team. An ascending virtual football, the trophy’s handcrafted gold brackets surround a hardened steel core. The design features a focused football at the center of the base that rises within the trophy to form an actual-size ball. Standing at a total height of three feet, the trophy and base are two integral but separate pieces, so the trophy may be lifted up independently when it is awarded at the championship game.
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Marina Willer and her team have created the identity for a new DVD and album by London Bossa, a Collective lead by the talented Brazilian jazz artist Mônica Vasconscelos.
The design is inspired by Brazilian modernism and infused with the spirit of Bossa Nova, a genre which was born out of Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone in the late 1950s. The identity is formed around a geometric structure coloured by handmade textures that express the contrast of jazz, Bossa Nova and Monica’s irresistible rhythms.
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