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Have a Holly Jolly Texmas

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A jackalope is a mythical animal that has supposedly been seen hopping across the plains of West Texas for centuries. The story goes that the jackrabbits are so big in that area—“everything is bigger in Texas”—they began mating with the wild antelopes in the region and the jackalope, a jackrabbit with antelope horns, was born. Now partner DJ Stout and designer Barrett Fry in Pentagram’s Austin office have created a version of the mysterious beast just in time for the holidays. Meet the Jackareindeer.

New Work: ‘Malformed’

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An unusual new book designed by Stu Taylor and partner DJ Stout in Pentagram’s Austin office comes out of the closet, literally, on December 2. Published by powerHouse Books, Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital features still-life images of brains by Austin-based photographer Adam Voorhes with reporting and essays by Alex Hannaford.

“The book will be out just in time for those hard to shop for Christmas gifts,” quips Stout. “But seriously, these expertly crafted images may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are fascinating and beautiful in their own right.”

New Work: ‘Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film’

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No artist has tapped in to Austin’s distinctive ethos like filmmaker Richard Linklater. His indie classic Slacker helped to define the laidback, “keep it weird” attitude of the burgeoning Texas metropolis.

Now, Pentagram partner DJ Stout and designer Stu Taylor in our Austin office have designed and produced a book of photographs by Matt Lankes that documents the making of Boyhood, Linklater’s critically acclaimed new film that has taken the country by storm.

New Work: ‘Jack Allen’s Kitchen’

Pentagram associate Julie Savasky and partner-in-charge DJ Stout in our Austin office have designed and produced Jack Allen’s Kitchen: Celebrating the Tastes of Texas, the first cookbook from the popular Austin-area eatery. Distributed by the University of Texas Press, the book will make its debut at the Texas Book Festival next weekend, October 24 through 27. Jack Gilmore, the restaurant’s colorful owner, is a bit of a celebrity chef, but he doesn’t look like one. With his tumbleweed mane, gray-streaked beard, and Cheshire Cat smile, he looks more like an unkempt Yosemite Sam than a culinary master.

“He looks like ‘Austin’ actually,” says Stout. “His hard work ethic, creativity in the kitchen, and devotion to sustainability and locally sourced food—he was doing ‘Farm to Table’ before it was cool—has made him one of the most admired chefs in these parts.”

Update: Drexel University’s EXEL Magazine 2014

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The third edition of EXEL, the annual research magazine published by Drexel University in Philadelphia, begins hitting mailboxes this month. The new 2014 issue was designed and produced by designer Carla Delgado in Pentagram’s Austin office, with DJ Stout serving as art director and partner-in-charge. The Pentagram team, working with programmer Hunter Cross, also developed EXEL magazine’s online counterpart, exelmagazine.org.

The latest issue of the award-winning publication features an eye-catching shot of PVC pipe on its cover. Yes, PVC pipe—plastic pipe. The magazine’s distinctive cover format unfolds to reveal the name Drexel, a large graphic letter “X,” and a striking image of the blue pipe. Like the previous issues, the third edition of EXEL features a wide array of visually dynamic scientific photography, illustration and infographics, which are used in inventive layouts to express Drexel’s rich research narratives.

“Our emphasis is on featuring the research—the actual subject matter of the research—not just the researchers,” says Stout. “We believe science and research is inherently interesting.”