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Abbott Miller Named to Surface Magazine’s Power 100

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Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has been named to the Surface Power 100, the magazine’s first annual list of influential figures in art, architecture, design, fashion, real estate, and more. Miller is honored alongside luminaries including Rem Koolhaas, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Liz Diller, Hella Jongerius, Jonathan Ive, Philippe Starck, Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei, among others.

In the accompanying article (print only), Miller previews his first monograph, Design and Content, to be released next month. “The book looks at how designers are constantly staging content for a reader, a user, or a consumer; the whole endeavor of design is so much about making content more effective or more beautiful or more deeply felt,” says Miller.

Check out the full Power 100 in Surface’s June/July issue, available here.

End of ‘Century’


A behind-the-scenes look at the development and installation of Century at the AIGA National Design Center.

This week is your last chance to see Century: 100 Years of Type in Design, the landmark exhibition at the
AIGA National Design Center that celebrates the incredible diversity of typefaces and their integral role in design over the past 100 years. Created by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, the exhibition transforms the AIGA gallery into an immersive environment of typography.

In this video, Miller and Monotype Type Director Dan Rhatigan talk about how Century came together. Miller’s concept for the exhibition design builds on the idea that a single period contains the DNA of a typeface. In the finished exhibition, the walls and floor of the gallery at AIGA have been covered in a pattern of 1,058 different periods, drawing from 630 typefaces.

Century is on view at the AIGA National Design Center in New York through Thursday, July 31.

New Work: Passe-Partout App


A video preview of Passe-Partout, an iPad app designed by Abbott Miller that enables users to build their own choreographic sequences.

The iPad offers a uniquely interactive stage for performance that creates new opportunities for how dance and choreography can be represented. Passe-Partout is a new app by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller that allows users to create a multi-layered performance from a series of dances, each with their own musical score. Users can select and edit from different dances to build their own choreographic sequences, which they can save and share with others via Facebook. The app is the latest project from Miller’s ongoing collaborations with the 2wice Arts Foundation and publisher Patsy Tarr.

Passe Partout dramatizes the patterning, repetition, and layering of ballet, qualities that are foregrounded in the work of Justin Peck, a choreographer and soloist with the New York City Ballet, who choreographed and performed the app’s dances with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Daniel Ulbricht. Each dance is set to a different piece of music—composed for the project by Aaron Severini—which can be layered to create a polyphonic soundtrack to the visual layering.

Users can view the dances as single, one-minute performances, or in multiple layers, constructing an increasingly complex ensemble of up to five image and sound layers. The app randomly selects five dances for any given session from a set of eight potential layers. The full set of eight dances yields 40,320 different combinations, yet the potential duration and sequences mean the results are even more diverse.

Passe-Partout is Miller’s third app for 2wice, following the previous apps Fifth Wall and DOT DOT DOT. Passe-Partout is now available for download from iTunes.

Awards: Society for Experiential Graphic Design 2014

This past weekend, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design held its 2014 SEGD Conference in Atlanta, where it announced the winners of the annual SEGD Design Awards. The themes of the conference, “Convergence” and “Crossing Lines,” are core concepts in several of our projects that were awarded by SEGD this year.

Michael Bierut’s graphics for Stairwell B at the Museum of the City of New York received an Honor Award as part of the museum’s full renovation by Ennead Architects. Abbott Miller received a Merit Award for “A Beautiful Way to Go,” an exhibition at MCNY commemorating Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Paula Scher also received a Merit Award for her redesign of the Public Theater lobby, another collaboration with Ennead that includes interior environmental graphics and a revitalized exterior façade.

Thanks to all of our designers, clients, and teams for the great work!

‘Century: 100 Years of Type and Design’ Opens at AIGA

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Type surrounds us everyday in countless forms—on screens and publications, on signs and buildings, on products and packaging—and in just as many varieties. Created by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, Century: 100 Years of Type and Design is a new exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York that celebrates the incredible diversity of typefaces and their integral role in design over the past 100 years. Organized as part of AIGA’s centennial year, the show opened this week and will serve as the hub of two months of presentations, lectures, workshops and receptions.

Miller’s exhibition design for Century transforms the AIGA gallery into an immersive environment of typography. The walls and ceilings have been dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library, and a pair of dynamic animations further express the variations of different typefaces. The design sets the stage for the remarkable host of artifacts on display, including rare works from the archives of leading design organizations including Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, the Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the Type Archive, the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and the Museum of Printing.

Preview: ‘Century: 100 Years of Type and Design’ at AIGA

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Abbott Miller’s identity for Century features a letter “C” rendered in segments of Monotype fonts.

Created by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, Century: 100 Years of Type and Design is a new exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York that celebrates the integral role of type in design. Organized as part of AIGA’s centennial year, the show opens this Thursday, May 1, and will serve as the hub of two months of presentations, lectures, workshops and receptions.

Century features a host of rare works and unique artifacts from leading design organizations including Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, the Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the Type Archive, the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and the Museum of Printing.

Miller was honored with the AIGA Medal this year. His exhibition design for Century transforms the AIGA gallery into an immersive environment of typography. The walls and ceilings have been dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library. The idea of multiplicity is reinforced in Miller’s mark for the exhibition, a letter “C” rendered in segments of different Monotype fonts. In an animation created for the gallery, the “C” cycles through hundreds of typefaces that move like the minute hand on a clock.

Century is free and open to the public and remains on view through June 18 at the AIGA National Design Center, 164 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Read more about the exhibition here.