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New Work: Albertine

Uniquely devoted to French works in French and English, Albertine is a new bookshop and reading room opened by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. The only French-language bookstore in the city, Albertine offers the most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States, with over 14,000 titles from 30 French-speaking countries in genres including novels, non-fiction, art, comics and graphic novels, and children’s books.

Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has designed a distinctive new identity for Albertine inspired by French vernacular typography. Miller and his team worked closely on the project with the store’s founder, Antonin Baudry, the Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy. The shop has been envisioned as less a retail space than a reading room that invites visitors to linger, and the identity invokes the connection between books, knowledge, and Enlightenment, with references to Parisian Art Deco.

Albertine is celebrating its opening this week with a six-night festival that showcases the store as a new hub for French-American intellectual exchange and debate. Curated by cultural critic Greil Marcus, the event runs from October 14-19 and features discussions with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep) and author and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

New Work: ‘Hair’

Guido Palau, also known as simply Guido, is an unparalleled force in fashion, a hair stylist who has worked alongside many of the most influential designers and photographers to shape contemporary beauty. A progenitor of fashion’s “grunge” movement in the 1990s, Guido continues to use hair to explore notions of identity. Hair is a new book by Guido and the renowned fashion photographer David Sims that highlights hair as a transformative medium in a series of portraits of unique and astonishing styles.

Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has designed Hair to showcase Guido’s avant-garde creations as works of art. Created over a two-year period, the 70 portraits in the book represent a personal project that allowed Guido the freedom to use hair to re-contextualize personalities, genders and codes of identity.

Awards: 50 Books / 50 Covers 2013

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Though the future of traditional book sales often seems uncertain, beautiful and compelling design always reasserts the book as an essential, lasting object. Since 1922, AIGA has honored the best in book design for its annual 50 Books/50 Covers competition, which has the distinction of being the “oldest continuously operating graphic design competition in the United States.” We are proud to have several Pentagram projects listed as winners in the 2013 awards, presented by AIGA, Design Observer, and Designers & Books.

Abbott Miller Talks to ‘Ad Men’

Pentagram’s Abbott Miller will be the featured guest on this week’s edition of “Ad Men”, a radio program of Lakeshore Public Media that explores the latest ideas and trends in advertising and marketing. Miller will discuss his new monograph, Design and Content, and the role of the designer as an intermediary between ideas and images and words.

“Ad Men” airs on the NPR affiliate 89.1 FM in the Chicago market and online here. (Click on the “Listen Now” link in the top right corner.) Tune in on Tuesday, September 23 at 12 pm CDT. Abbott’s segment begins around 12:40.

Update: Listen to the archived episode here: “Ad Men,” September 23, 2014.

Join Abbott Miller for Type Nite at MICA

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Pentagram’s Abbott Miller will speak about his new book Design and Content at Type Nite, Monday, September 22, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Miller be joined by fellow MFA in Graphic Design faculty member Ellen Lupton, type designer Tal Leming, and other special guests. The evening will showcase new typefaces under development, explore type at work on page, on screen, and in the built environment, and celebrate the release of Design and Content and Lupton’s new book, Type on Screen, both published by Princeton Architectural Press.

The live event takes place in Baltimore, but designers, students, and font-lovers around the world can join the discussion via Twitter. Use the hashtag #TypeNite to participate in the Q&A and see your book get signed. If you’re not in Baltimore, pre-order your book at the MICA Bookstore website and receive 20% off. You will have the opportunity to fill out how you would like your books inscribed and the store will mail them to you. Include your Twitter handle and MICA will tweet a photo of the author signing your book.

Type Nite is free and open to the public, Monday, September 22, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue in Baltimore.

New Work: ‘Killer Heels’

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Teetering at ever-higher heights and in endlessly inventive styles, shapes and materials, high heels are the most desired fashion objects in the world. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is a major exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that explores the cultural history of the high heel and its associations with power, sex and fantasy. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has created a catalogue for the exhibition that showcases the shoes as extraordinary works of art and design.

New Work: ‘Abbott Miller: Design and Content’

Pentagram’s Abbott Miller surveys his work for the first time in Design and Content, a new monograph out today from Princeton Architectural Press. For the book, Miller assumes both roles of designer and author, presenting his work as a catalog of design strategies that emerge from the unique circumstances of form and content.

Miller takes readers through projects ranging from books, magazines, and identities to exhibitions, environmental graphics, apps and wallpaper. The book includes a diverse range of projects for clients such as Harley-Davidson, the Guggenheim, Vitra, Knoll, Formica, and Rolling Stone, as well as Miller’s pioneering work as an art director and editor, most notably for the visual and performing arts foundation 2wice. The book highlights his collaborations with artists such as Matthew Barney, Yoko Ono, William Kentridge, Twyla Tharp and Merce Cunningham, and architects Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The book features a foreword by Rick Poynor and an essay by Ellen Lupton. The book also includes a new essay by Miller, as well as three pieces originally written for Eye. A roundtable conversation on contemporary design practice with fellow Pentagram partners Michael Bierut, Eddie Opara and Paula Scher concludes the book.