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Pentagram Papers 41: WTC


Starting in 1978, Judith Turner began photographing the twin towers of the recently completed World Trade Center. Turner, whose iconic images helped to establish the reputations of the generation of postwar modernist architects that included Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey and Peter Eisenman, was taken with the structural simplicity and abstract beauty of architect Minoru Yamasaki’s masterwork. Turner returned to the World Trade Center repeatedly over the next decade, conducting a personal project to document the towers’ elemental forms against the sky and in the surface reflections of surrounding buildings.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, 23 of these images have been published for the first time in Pentagram Papers 41: WTC. The suite of images is accompanied by a preface by legendary tightrope artist Philippe Petit. (On August 7, 1974, Petit walked a high wire illegally stretched between the twin towers, a feat chronicled in his book To Reach the Clouds, the basis of the 2008 Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire, as well as an upcoming feature film, The Walk.)

The Pentagram Papers series has been privately published since 1974 for the firm’s friends and colleagues. For this special edition, a limited number of copies are available for $20 each, with all proceeds to be donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Contact for details.

Angus Hyland’s New Book ‘Symbol’ Out Now


Symbol, edited by Angus Hyland with Steven Bateman and containing an introductory essay by David Gibbs, is published today by Laurence King.

The book features over 1300 symbols, organized into groups and sub-groups according to their visual characteristics. Each category includes a short introduction on who the symbol was designed for, the designer, and in some cases, what the symbol stands for. These sections are interspersed with short case studies on both classic and more recently designed symbols.

See Opposite: Twelve Antigrams


An antigram is a rare type of anagram. If you take a word or phrase, and using all the same letters, make another word or phrase with the opposite meaning, or antonym, then the new word or phrase is called the “antigram” of the original. For instance, the antigram of “united” is “untied”—same letters, opposite meaning.

Every year Pentagram designs and publishes a small greeting booklet, usually designed around a game or activity, that we send to our friends, clients and colleagues. This year’s edition is See Opposite: Twelve Antigrams, designed by Angus Hyland and his team in our London office. The book contains twelve antigrams, with clues on the facing pages (“see opposite”). We have adapted the puzzles for an online version here.

Go to See Opposite: Twelve Antigrams

See if you can figure out the antigrams. For each, the subject word or phrase is given at the top of the page. You can then work out the antigram with the help of the clue and the illustration.

A gallery of our previous holiday books, from 1971 to 2008, was featured in Wallpaper; last year’s greeting was our popular What Type are You typography test.

Project Team: Angus Hyland, partner-in-charge and designer; Fabian Herrmann, Zara Moore, Alex Johns, designers. Writer: David Gibbs. Website development by Niko Skourtis.

Eddie Opara Joins Pentagram’s New York Office


This week Pentagram’s newest partner, Eddie Opara, officially joined our New York office. Eddie is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses brand identity, publications, environments, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. He has developed numerous applications including the MiG, an innovative content and asset management system for off and online applications that is currently in use by various clientele.

Eddie brings with him the team from Map, the studio he founded in 2005: Brankica Harvey, senior designer; Raed Atoui, software developer; and Frank LaRocca, designer.

Eddie’s wide-ranging practice complements Pentagram’s multi-disciplinary approach. “Bringing a diversity of design skills laced with innovation to Pentagram is paramount,” says Eddie. “I strive to conceive and build compelling work through my love of strategy, design and technology.”

Paula Scher says: “Eddie represents the new generation of graphic designers for whom all forms of media and all dimensions of design are not separated from the initial concept but are an integral part of the total thought.”

On the occasion of his joining, Eddie and his team have developed a new Pentagram app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that showcases his portfolio. Download it here. Look for future updates of the app featuring more work from our studio.

‘The Picture Book’ Published in Mini Edition


The Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration, compiled by Angus Hyland, has been published in a mini edition by Laurence King as a result of the popularity of the full scale first edition.

The Picture Book is a survey of work by 80 illustrators from across the globe presenting a broad spectrum of styles, techniques and subject matter representative of current trends and innovations.

“Angus Hyland’s carefully curated books on illustration are one of the main forces behind its recent rise in popularity.” Adrian Shaughnessy, Founding editor, Varoom

‘Marks’ Out Now in Paperback


Last year when we issued our book Pentagram Marks in a limited edition format, the title quickly sold out and became a collector’s item. This month Laurence King publishes the paperback edition of the book, which compiles 400 logos produced by Pentagram’s partners, past and present. Designed and edited by Angus Hyland, the book includes marks for everything from huge multinationals (Citibank, 1998), to cultural institutions (Art Institute of Chicago, 2008), to personal logos (Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Hair, 1976). It even includes some ’60s classics that pre-date Pentagram’s founding in 1972 (the original Reuters logo, 1968).

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