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New Work: National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a new museum that connects the American Civil Rights Movement with current struggles for human rights around the world. Located near Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, the Center harnesses the city’s legacy as a birthplace of civil rights activism to encourage visitors to think about the role they can play in protecting human rights.

Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a large-scale mural for the museum lobby that pays homage to the graphics of rights movements and brings them together in a bold new composition centered on a raised human hand. The installation has inspired its own viral mini-movement: Visitors are showing solidarity with the mural’s message by sharing images of their own “high fives” on social media.

WalkNYC Pedestrian Wayfinding Wins IDSA Award

Pentagram is happy to announce the WalkNYC program of pedestrian signage has found its way to a Silver in the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

A project of the New York City Department of Transportation, WalkNYC makes it easier for New Yorkers and visitors alike to navigate the city streets and encourages people to walk, bike and use public transit. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team designed the graphic language of the maps, collaborating on the project as part of PentaCityGroup, a special consortium of designers that also includes wayfinding specialists CityID, industrial designers Billings Jackson Design, engineers and urban planners RBA Group, and cartographers and geographic information specialists T-Kartor.

IDEA recognizes design excellence in products, interaction design, service design, strategy and research in categories ranging from automobiles and commercial products to medical equipment and digital design. WalkNYC was awarded in the Environments category and was cited for innovation, benefits to the user and sustainability, as well as visual appeal.

Awards: Society for Experiential Graphic Design 2014

This past weekend, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design held its 2014 SEGD Conference in Atlanta, where it announced the winners of the annual SEGD Design Awards. The themes of the conference, “Convergence” and “Crossing Lines,” are core concepts in several of our projects that were awarded by SEGD this year.

Michael Bierut’s graphics for Stairwell B at the Museum of the City of New York received an Honor Award as part of the museum’s full renovation by Ennead Architects. Abbott Miller received a Merit Award for “A Beautiful Way to Go,” an exhibition at MCNY commemorating Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Paula Scher also received a Merit Award for her redesign of the Public Theater lobby, another collaboration with Ennead that includes interior environmental graphics and a revitalized exterior façade.

Thanks to all of our designers, clients, and teams for the great work!

New Work: John Lewis Wayfinding

Partners Harry Pearce and William Russell have designed a new in-store way-finding system for John Lewis’s newly opened store in York.

Pearce and his team developed a typographic structure for the signage, using shifting point sizes to denote floors, departments and services.

Gill is used throughout, from the oversized numbers to the smallest line of type. For the purpose of readability, the entire system is black and white, in contrast to the multitude of colours that fill the store environment.

New Work: Stairwell B at the Museum of the City of New York

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As much as New York is a city of walkers, it’s also a city of climbers. Living in an almost completely manmade landscape of buildings, towers and subways, New Yorkers probably spend more time on stairs than the inhabitants of any other American city. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have created a new graphic installation for a stairwell at the Museum of the City of New York that pays tribute to the city, its people and their many ups and downs.

The graphics are part of the signage program we’ve developed for the ongoing renovation of the museum by Ennead Architects. The new installation transforms Stairwell B, a secondary staircase at the back of the museum, into a destination on par with the historic curving stairs that are the centerpiece of the museum lobby. Conceived as an interior tower of words and pictures, nearly every inch of wall space in Stairwell B has been filled with historic quotations about and photographs of New York.

New Work: Pepsi and the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium

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When fans arrive at MetLife Stadium this Sunday for Super Bowl XLVIII, they’ll be greeted by a dramatic new entrance for Pepsi, one of the game’s major sponsors. Designed by Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and his team, the huge installation transforms the gate into an unexpected celebration of the Pepsi brand, complete with a pair of unique graphic sculptures inspired by the Pepsi bottle and a four-story high rendition of the famous Pepsi Globe logo.

New Work: Centro Roberto Garza Sada, Universidad de Monterrey

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A school of design and architecture that is itself a bold architectural statement, the Centro Roberto Garza Sada (CRGS) is a new arts center at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. Located in the mountainous landscape of northeast Mexico, the monumental concrete building rises out of its surroundings to announce the university and has quickly become an iconic landmark for the growing city of Monterrey. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has designed a comprehensive program of signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics for the center that complement the raw physicality of Ando’s building with clean, crisp shapes and sleek, smooth surfaces.

The CRGS was conceived by Ando as a “Gate of Creation” that is both a marquee building for UDEM and a metaphor for the learning process. The six-story structure acts as a gateway for the campus and provides amazing vistas of the region. Constructed of cast concrete, the monolithic, minimalist form bridges over a massive triangular void at its center. The portal is meant to symbolize the opening or beginning of the students’ educational journey, and anchors the diagonal axis of the campus. The building was recently honored at the 2013 World Architecture Festival, where it was short-listed in the Higher Education and Research category.

There’s a New Girl in Town

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Partner DJ Stout and designer Barrett Fry in Pentagram’s Austin office have designed a new sign and additional branding materials for the second location of Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Burnet Road. The sign Stout and Fry created for the original South Congress Avenue restaurant in 2012 featured a dark-haired Lucy holding a chicken leg and kicking one of her own human legs through the magic of old-school neon animation. The Pentagram team worked with Austin’s retro-sign guru Evan Voyles on that sign and the new one, which features a sassy redhead. Owner James Holmes named the restaurant after his grandmother who taught him how to make fried chicken.

“At first he was thinking it would just be the exact same sign,” says Stout. “But we suggested introducing a new girl, maybe her sister, for the second location. This time Lucy’s holding a bucket of chicken and wearing a blue dress with white polka-dots.”