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Cooper Hewitt Reopens With Graphics by Pentagram

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens today following a three-year renovation that restores the historic Andrew Carnegie Mansion and increases the museum’s exhibition space by 60 percent. Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and Eddie Opara and their teams have collaborated on the graphics for the revitalized institution, including a bold new graphic identity, website, signage, wayfinding and exhibition graphics.

Michael Gericke and his team developed a vibrant and contemporary signage and environmental graphics program for the mansion’s exterior and interior. The program includes the exterior identity, exhibition directories, wayfinding and donor recognition graphics. The Andrew Carnegie Mansion is a historic landmark and cannot be physically altered, so the team found ways to creatively integrate the signage into the building in an impactful but non-intrusive way.

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As the building boom envelops New York City, Pentagram’s studio at 204 Fifth Avenue finds itself squeezed by construction on both sides. The latest in our series of typographic banners announces our address amid all the scaffolding. Designed by Abbott Miller, the flag features typography set in Calibre, also recently seen in Miller’s new monograph Design and Content and its accompanying exhibition.

New Work: Rainbow Room

A New York destination unlike any other, the Rainbow Room is the jewel in the crown of Rockefeller Center, the Art Deco masterpiece at the heart of midtown Manhattan. Located on the 65th floor of 30 Rock, the dining and entertainment space is in a glittering landmarked room with breathtaking 360-degree views of the New York skyline and beyond. The iconic venue reopened last week after a major renovation that reimagines the space with contemporary design. As part of the reopening, Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and his team have created an elegant new identity for the Rainbow Room that celebrates and pays tribute to its extraordinary style and spectacular vistas.

“The room, the views and the city below are grand, panoramic and timeless – so it was inevitable they are echoed in the identity,” said Gericke of the wordmark. The designers carefully considered the relationship of the Rainbow Room’s graphic program to Rockefeller Center’s iconic architecture and signature typography.

New Work: Index Ventures

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For almost twenty years, Index Ventures has been helping to shape how we see and interact with the world. As Europe’s leading venture capital firm, they have collaborated with iconic digital companies like asos, Dropbox, Skype and Soundcloud.

To reflect their unique approach to investment, Pentagram’s John Rushworth and Eddie Opera have created a new identity and website for the firm.

New Work: Governors Island

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This is the last weekend of the year to enjoy Governors Island, the jewel of a park in the middle of New York Harbor, just 800 yards off the southern shore of Lower Manhattan. Open to the public all summer, the Island is home to 172 acres of lush landscapes and picturesque paths where visitors can bike, picnic, lounge on hammocks, play sports, view art exhibitions, attend concerts and dance performances, and explore historic buildings, all in view of the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Reachable only by ferry, the Island is a serene, and somewhat surreal, escape from the bustle of the city.

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed signage and environmental graphics for Governors Island that enhance this unique sense of place. Inspired by the Island’s gantries—the giant skeletal superstructures that mark the docks and frame views to and from the site—the designers have created a system of transparent signage that preserves these views, even as it helps guide visitors around the Island.

Bierut and his designers collaborated on the program with West 8, the landscape architects for the Island’s regeneration, and Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island.

Awards: AIGA Justified 2014

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AIGA’s Justified competition honors clear and compelling design that balances specificity with accessibility and effectiveness. The entries for Justified are submitted as case studies rather than as a series of design artifacts, an approach that showcases the creative process to solving clients’ design problems while demonstrating the value of design. A record number of entries were submitted for the fourth annual competition this year, and we are proud to announce that two of Pentagram’s projects have been chosen as winners.

The identity and environmental graphics program designed by Paula Scher and her team for the restored New York City Beaches was selected as one of Justified’s 19 winners, as was the extensive WalkNYC pedestrian wayfinding system developed by PentaCityGroup, a special consortium of designers that included Michael Bierut and team.