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New Work: MHL Marylebone

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2001 marked the beginning of long-standing collaboration between Pentagram Architect William Russell and Margaret Howell. Twelve years later, the inherently simple and open design concept they envisioned has become a strong motif throughout her worldwide store network, including flagships in Tokyo, Paris and London.

The New Cavendish Street store is the second retail space in London designed by Russell for Howell’s diffusion brand MHL. Original features such as the parquet flooring and wooden shop front were restored, and new birch wood shelving and stainless steel fittings were added, reflecting the blend of authentic and contemporary found in the MHL range. Following in the same style as previous MHL stores designed by Russell, the space has a workshop like feeling, reflecting the workwear aesthetic of Howell’s clothing designs.

New Work: Archtober 2013

Graphics for the third edition of Archtober feature a triangle.

It may be October in the rest of the world, but in New York it’s the month of Archtober, the annual festival of architecture and design. For the third year running, Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and team have designed the graphics for the event, building on the yellow rectangle of the Archtober identity they developed for the inaugural edition in 2011. For the third festival, this simple graphic frame has been joined by the three-sided shape of a triangle.

New Work: National Theatre


To celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the National Theatre in London invited five internationally renowned graphic designers to each create a poster that represents one of the NT’s five decades. Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a poster that features custom typography inspired by the NT’s original home at the Old Vic. Other participating designers include David Carson, Michael Craig-Martin, Graphic Thought Facility and Jamie Reid. Each of the 20″ x 30″ (508mm x 762mm) signed prints has been published in a limited edition of 200 and is available for purchase at “Shopping and E*ting,” a special pop-up shop at the NT’s home on the South Bank, as well as online. Scher’s design is also available as a greeting card and tote bag. The pop-up launches today and remains open through 12 January.

Project Team: Paula Scher, partner-in-charge and designer; Jeff Close, designer.

New Work: Cass Art Website

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In a collaboration between Pentagram, Cass Art and Blubolt, Angus Hyland and his team designed Cass Art’s new e-commerce platform.

Cass Art was keen to develop an online retail platform to increase reach, visibility and sales. The main aim was to create a website that not only sold products but also demonstrated Cass Art’s specialty knowledge in the artist supplier arena. A key part of the brief was make sure that the Cass Art experience customers received in-store was translated to an online platform and that this retained all brand elements previously developed by Hyland and fellow Pentagram partner, William Russell.

New Work: Jazz at Lincoln Center


Ten years ago Pentagram’s Paula Scher designed the graphic identity for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the country’s premier institution for jazz performance. Now Scher has revisited her classic identity with an update that riffs on the existing logo and expands it into custom typography for the institution.

The refreshed identity simplifies the original wordmark to make it more contemporary. The original identity accompanied Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2004 move into its home at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, several blocks away from Lincoln Center proper. Now that Jazz is recognized as a major cultural institution in its own right, the update clears away the “at Lincoln Center” and leaves the organization as exactly what it is: Jazz.

Evict Them In 5 Easy Steps

You can deny words, but you can’t deny film. That is the the belief which lies at the very core of WITNESS, the nonprofit human rights organisation that Harry Pearce has designed for and advised for the last 20 years.

For a new major campaign, WITNESS has joined forces with Amnesty International to highlight and prevent the ever-growing problem of forced eviction: the millions of people who are being illegally forced from their homes by corporations and governments around the world.

New Work: Signage for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine


When all New York’s creatures great and small make their pilgrimage to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine this Sunday for its annual St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals, they’ll encounter a new set of commandments. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have created a series of signs for the Cathedral that gently remind visitors to curb and leash thy dogs. The signs use the identity we designed for the institution, which employs the custom font Divine, a redrawn version of Frederic Goudy’s 1928 Blackletter. The signs will be a permanent addition to the Cathedral grounds, a popular spot for walking dogs in the neighborhood.

Pentagram Papers 43: Drawing McCarthy


During a visit to her parents’ house in Yonkers, New York, Pentagram’s Emily Oberman made an unusual discovery: a cache of extraordinary pen-and-ink drawings made by her mother, the artist and illustrator Arline Simon, that depict the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954. Drawn directly from the hearings as they aired on live television, the portraits brilliantly capture the likenesses of the key players in the proceedings, as well as the immediacy and impact of a watershed event that captivated the nation. The full series of 33 drawings have been collected in the new Pentagram Papers 43: Drawing McCarthy, designed by Oberman and published in advance of the 60th anniversary of the hearings next spring.

The book includes an introductory essay by Victor Navasky, former editor of The Nation, current chair of the Columbia Journalism Review and author of Naming Names, the definitive account of the Hollywood blacklist and the Red Scare in 1950s America. Oberman contributes an essay about her mother.