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A Smaller Symbol

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A miniature edition of Symbol is due to be published in August. Authored by Pentagram partner Angus Hyland, with Steven Bateman, it condenses the appeal of the original 2011 book into a new, smaller format.

“The idea behind the book is to explore the visual language of symbols according to their most basic element: form,” Hyland writes. “We have brought together symbols conceived all over the world, in different times and for different purposes, and categorized them by visual types.”

The book lays these symbols out in a manner divested of all agendas, meanings, and messages that might be given by their customary contexts, isolating them so that the reader can enjoy them as a pictorial language in their own right.

Type Dancing: A Visual Identity for Riotous Company

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Pentagram’s Harry Pearce and his team have created a new visual identity and a series of performance materials for Riotous Company, the dance and theatre group that creates large-scale performances and chamber pieces with a worldwide collective of composers, dancers, singers, actors, writers and visual artists. Riotous Company’s work has been created in collaboration with leading companies and festivals in South Africa, Cuba, Nepal, Palestine, Portugal, Macedonia, Denmark and the UK.

The logotype was created by staging the typography, manually building a miniature stage and allowing the type to perform. The core idea of type integrating with performance weaves through all the poster work and becomes the visual language for the brand.

New Work: London Bossa

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Marina Willer and her team have created the identity for a new DVD and album by London Bossa, a Collective lead by the talented Brazilian jazz artist Mônica Vasconscelos.

The design is inspired by Brazilian modernism and infused with the spirit of Bossa Nova, a genre which was born out of Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone in the late 1950s. The identity is formed around a geometric structure coloured by handmade textures that express the contrast of jazz, Bossa Nova and Monica’s irresistible rhythms.

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.