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.
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Nestled in the corner of the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard is the Keeper’s House, a 19th Century house full of historic and artistic grandeur. Having once served as the residence for the Royal Academy’s Keeper, the building has been sensitively restored to retain many of its original details, from vaulted wine cellars to old ceiling beams and hearths dating back to the 1660s. Hospitality is at the heart of this secretive Mayfair townhouse, which features a new restaurant, bar, lounge and secret garden.
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Pentagram Partner DJ Stout and designer Carla Delgado in our Austin office have designed World Wildlife magazine, a new publication for the World Wildlife Fund based in Washington, DC. The World Wildlife Fund—the group with the iconic Panda logo—is the world’s leading conservation organization. The WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million around the world. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to international, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
When the WWF started envisioning World Wildlife magazine they knew they wanted to find new ways to inspire their members and partners, connect them to nature, and bring them closer to their conservation work through vivid storytelling, compelling photography and first-class design. They reached out to Pentagram Austin at the beginning of the year and the first issue of World Wildlife debuted last month. In addition to the flagship print publication, Stout and Delgado designed a smaller digest of the magazine that includes a collectible wildlife poster that can be pulled out and framed or hung on the refrigerator, and Associate partner Julie Savasky, with Hunter Cross, created a tablet app adaptation of the magazine.
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When Mothercare approached Daniel Weil for help with a new feeding range, he proposed an unusual solution. In a category dominated by engineering advances, Weil began the project with a study of parenting across the last four decades to find a human context. His research led to discovery, invention and ultimately a new baby bottle design.
Read more about Daniel’s designs here.
In 1933, two years after Hitler came to power, Jewish citizens were persecuted and victimised across Germany. All Jewish citizens were forced to stop trading, and amongst them were 500 architects. Some managed to flee, others were deported and killed in concentration camps. Many architects who were once well-known are now forgotten and their works have been altered or destroyed.
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Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and his team have designed a bold program of large-scale environmental graphics for the new US headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline, the global pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare company. Located in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, the innovative “smart” workspace is 100 percent mobile—no one has an assigned desk, not even the company president—and the iconic graphics help foster a spirit of connection for a new collaborative way of working.
Gericke, with Associate Don Bilodeau and their team, worked closely with GSK and Francis Cauffman, the building’s interior architects, to develop the graphics for the unique, 208,000 sq ft offices. Conceived as a healthy and sustainable headquarters for a company with well being as its focus, the modern, contemporary interiors are open and loft-like, with a series of gathering spaces that include shared work stations, team tables and meeting areas. The headquarters building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern and is the first in Philadelphia and only the sixth in the nation to be certified with LEED Double Platinum status, for both Core & Shell and Commercial Interiors.
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The Brooklyn Nets returned to the Barclays Center this weekend for their first home games of the 2013-2014 season. In the short year since the 18,000-seat arena opened, it has become the top-selling venue in the US (and number two in the world) and a symbol of the resurgent borough. In addition to being the home of the Nets, Barclays is now home to the NHL New York Islanders, and has hosted concerts by artists like the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, and Paul McCartney and events like 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The arena has been honored with the Building Brooklyn Award for Economic Development from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, named Architizer’s Building of the Year and given the AIA New York State Award of Merit, and this week the Municipal Arts Society will recognize it as a “Neighborhood Catalyst” in their 2013 MASterworks Awards.
The distinctive design of the Barclays Center has played a major role in its appeal. The iconic architecture of the building, designed by SHoP Architects and Ellerbe Becket (now part of AECOM), has become an instant landmark at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have designed a program of signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics for the arena that reflect its one-of-a-kind character. Working closely with the architects and the arena developer, Forest City Ratner Companies, Bierut and his designers have created graphics that are seamlessly integrated with the interior architecture and convey a tough, friendly spirit, a lot like Brooklyn itself.
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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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This year Vanity Fair celebrates its 100th anniversary as the quintessential modern magazine. Founded in 1913 and published until 1936 (when it was folded into Vogue), then revived in 1983, VF is one of Condé Nast’s flagship publications and has exhaustively chronicled pop culture, society, politics, business, scandal and celebrity through periods of enormous change. Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and team have designed Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age, a new commemorative book published by Abrams that tells the story of the magazine’s extraordinary first century.
Hayman and his team worked closely on the book with Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief, and David Friend, editor of creative development, as well as Lenora Jane Estes, VF associate editor, and Chris Dixon, creative director. Vanity Fair has always published the best of the best in writing and images, and the main challenge in designing the book was having too much to choose from, all of it great.
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Animation of the Curly One Productions logo.
The animated graphic identities that appear at the end of a television show serve as quick, distinctive signatures for the producers behind the program. Pentagram’s Emily Oberman and team have designed the identity for Curly One Productions, the company of the producer Corin Nelson. Oberman recently collaborated with Nelson on the opening titles and graphics for “The Queen Latifah Show”, for which Nelson is one of the executive producers. Nelson is a five-time Emmy Award winner who has executive produced, run or developed a number of series including “Chelsea Lately,” “The Nate Berkus Show,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” and “It’s On With Alexa Chung.”
The Curly One name was inspired by Nelson’s own signature curly locks, and the logo—literally, a “curly” “1,” get it?—is a mix of grit and glamour that sums up her personality: a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, feminine, smart and funny.
“I love to design production company logos because they only appear for two seconds, and so you get to do something cool, fun and memorable for just an instant, and people get to know it over time,” says Oberman. “It’s the Snapchat of logos!”
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