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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.
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Books are one of our favorite things to design, and we’re happy to announce that several of our projects from the past year were recently announced as winners in the 50 Books/50 Covers competition, presented by AIGA and Design Observer in collaboration with Designers & Books. The awards honor the 50 overall best-designed books and 50 best-designed covers of the year, and were selected from more than 1,200 entries submitted from a dozen countries.
Abbott Miller had two winners place in the top 50 books: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, designed for last year’s Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise, the catalogue for the exhibition that originated at the Museum of Arts and Design and travels next month to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The 50 books section also honored Paula Scher’s design of Typography 33, the Type Directors Club 58 annual, which used her exuberant graphic identity for the competition. Finally, Michael Bierut and his team were represented by A Wilderness of Error, Errol Morris’ exhaustive investigation into the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case, which was named as both one of the best books and best covers of the year.
Congratulations to all our designers, clients and teams for their fantastic work!
Quick Link: DOT DOT DOT App Featured on Wired Design
The iPad offers a uniquely interactive performance space that presents new opportunities for dance and choreography. DOT DOT DOT is a new app that invites viewers to interact with a dance designed, choreographed and scored for the digital tablet. Conceived and designed by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller, the app is the latest project from 2wice Arts Foundation, which Miller has worked with for many years. The app was developed in collaboration with 2wice publisher Patsy Tarr and the choreographer and dancer Tom Gold.
DOT DOT DOT uses a graphic interface of black and red dots that establish a diagrammatic space for a series of vignettes that users activate through the touchscreen. The app can be viewed in different registers that are accessed by swiping vertically and horizontally. Seen from above, the dots on the stage trigger different actions when touched. Seen from the side, the dots become columns that define the dancer’s movements. Another vertical swipe accesses a choreographic sequence seen from the corner of the stage. Along the way, Gold bounces across dots, spills a bucket of paint, and dances with his multiple selves; in another section of the app, the dots have morphed into a series of columns that form an increasingly dense forest. As he performs within this graphic environment, he presents himself as an intrepid performer, an avatar for the viewer.
DOT DOT DOT is now available for download from iTunes.
This year Formica Group celebrates the 100th anniversary of Formica® Laminate, the iconic and ubiquitous material that surfaces millions of spaces around the world and is loved by architects, designers and consumers for its versatility and high performance. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has designed Formica Forever, a commemorative book that tells the story of Formica’s century-long evolution through cultural shifts, technical innovations and global growth.
Designed for a wide readership, Formica Forever functions as a serious history but also captures the inherent playfulness and modernity of a material that is synonymous with bright colors and highly graphic patterns. The design of the book is inspired by a Formica brand laminate swatch book from the 1960s with perforated pages, and features over 400 archival images that include advertising, photographs and other brand ephemera from all over the world, culled from the Formica archives and the Library of Congress.
“We didn’t want a cumbersome coffee-table book; we wanted to create something celebratory rather than grandiose, authoritative but also lively,” says Miller.
Formica Forever is the latest in a special campaign designed by Miller and his Pentagram partners Michael Bierut and Daniel Weil that pays homage to Formica and its century of innovation, design and cultural impact. Miller has also designed the Anniversary Collection, a series of Formica laminates launched earlier this year that are inspired by the company’s long history and the seamless quality of its product. The book is published in association with Metropolis Books and will be available in early August at bookstores worldwide, as well as online.
Predating both Central Park and Prospect Park, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was one of the most important landscapes of the 19th century, ultimately influencing the rise of public parks and green space in the US. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has designed A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery, a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York that commemorates the 175th anniversary of this national historic landmark. The show opens this week and remains on view through September 15.
Established in 1838 in what was then a rural area of the city, Green-Wood is a bucolic 478-acre landscape of rolling hills, gentle ponds, meandering paths and striking Gothic Revival architecture that was for a time the most popular tourist attraction in the country. Visitors enjoyed the beautiful natural setting and saw the cemetery as a place of repose and relaxation. Green-Wood eventually inspired the design of Central Park and Prospect Park, as well as the creation of the first suburb, Llewelyn Park in New Jersey.
Miller’s exhibition design creates a continuous environmental surface from historic maps of the cemetery. Museum visitors navigate the exhibition encountering objects and stories of Green-Wood’s most famous “residents” that are positioned according to their location within the landscape.