Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is one of the world’s oldest and largest auction houses, and the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: BID). From its roots as a book dealership, the auction house has grown over the past three centuries into a global company that ranks alongside the great art museums in the breadth of its influence and expertise. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has been collaborating with Sotheby’s over a two-year period to bring stronger coherence to the full spectrum of the company’s identity and communications, including its website, catalogues, and magazine. Miller and his team worked closely with Sotheby’s leadership, collections specialists, and design and technology teams in New York and London to develop the comprehensive program.
How do you get people to live more sustainably? You inspire them. That’s the principle at the heart of Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity co-founded by Pentagram’s Naresh Ramchandani.
This month Do The Green Thing is partnering with WWF to release 29 Posters For The Planet, 29 pieces of inspiring creativity published daily in the run up to Earth Hour on March 29th. Contributors to the 29 Posters include Pentagram partners Paula Scher, Harry Pearce, Abbott Miller and Natasha Jen.
Paula Scher, in her poster above, sees a satanic side to our over-plugged lives, so she has created a devilish image and message, adopting the idiom of a 1940s civil action poster to inspire us to use less energy.
The work of Pentagram’s Abbott Miller is the focus of an exhibition currently on view at the Centro Roberto Garza Sada (CRGS), the new art and design center at the Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico. Miller recently created the program of environmental graphics and signage for CRGS, which was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and is known as the “Gate of Creation.” The show coincides with the school’s annual UDESIGN Conference, where Miller was the keynote speaker and led a special workshop for designers. The exhibition remains on view through April, and looks ahead to Miller’s upcoming book, Design and Content, to be released in May.
Pentagram is thrilled to announce that our partner Abbott Miller has been selected to receive the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession. The medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their achievements and contributions to the field of design and visual communication. Miller and the other recipients of this year’s awards will be honored at the AIGA Centennial Gala in New York on April 25.
For those keeping track, Miller will be Pentagram’s sixth partner to receive the honor, following Colin Forbes (1991), Paula Scher (2001), Woody Pirtle (2003), Kit Hinrichs (2004), and Michael Bierut (2006).
Watch a video retrospective of 2wice, from its first incarnation as Dance Ink to its recent series of groundbreaking apps.
For two decades, Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has collaborated with the arts patron and publisher Patsy Tarr on pioneering new platforms for dance performance, first in the pages of Dance Ink magazine, then in the unique editions of 2wice. Most recently they have collaborated on a series of apps for 2wice that turn the digital screen of an iPad into a new kind of performance space. Their latest app, DOT DOT DOT, invites viewers to interact with the spatial and temporal representation of dance in a piece specifically designed, choreographed and scored for the digital tablet. On January 27 Miller and Tarr will discuss the app and their ongoing collaboration at “2wice: Dancing from Page to Stage to Screen,” a presentation in the performing arts series Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
Miller and Tarr will be joined at the talk by their DOT DOT DOT collaborators, the choreographer Tom Gold and videographer Ben Nicholas. The event is part of the 30th anniversary season of Works & Process at the Guggenheim and will be presented in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater. Miller knows the museum well, having designed the look and feel of the Guggenheim identity, as well as the definitive history of its architecture. 2wice was recently honored by the alternative New York performance space La MaMa.
“2wice: Dancing from Page to Stage to Screen” will be presented Monday, January 27 at 7:30 pm at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue in New York. Tickets are available here.
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.
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Pentagram is thrilled to announce that the DOT DOT DOT app designed by Abbott Miller has been nominated for a 2013 People’s Design Award. Presented by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian Magazine, the awards invite the public to vote for their favorite design from a pool of 20 nominees recognized for innovation. The contest runs through October 11, and the winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards Gala on October 17.
Cast your vote for DOT DOT DOT here. (One vote per day.)
DOT DOT DOT is one of several interactive designs nominated in the awards. Conceived and designed by Miller and developed in collaboration with 2wice publisher Patsy Tarr and the choreographer Tom Gold, the app invites viewers to interact with a dance designed, choreographed and scored for the iPad. The app uses a graphic interface of black and red dots that trigger different actions when touched by the user, defining the dancer’s movements through a series of vignettes. DOT DOT DOT is available for download from iTunes.