Harry Pearce has undertaken a series of talks across the globe, including AGIdeas in Australia, Design Indaba, South Africa, Semi Permanent, New Zealand and Design Yatra, India. Speaking engagements have also taken him to New York and Chicago, as well as colleges, museums and the Typographic Circle in the UK. He has now been invited by the D&AD President to deliver the last in the autumn series of President’s Lectures on 24 November in London.
Having been asked to provide a title and description for this talk Pearce came up with the following;
Human rights activist
Dream diary keeper
The Schizophrenic Road Part 2: A design journey from a road in west London to a tree in Zanzibar.
The lecture takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 24th November at Logan Hall, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL and tickets are on sale now.
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The full lecture will be available on the D&AD website for those who cannot make it to London.
Yves de Contades, photographer and creative lead at International Life magazine, has photographed fantasy portraits of 40 leading figures from the UK’s advertising and design industry. Harry Pearce is featured along with other subjects including Linda Burrows (Creative Director, Sunday Times), Theo Williams (CD, Habitat), Liz Sivell (CD, RGA Advertising), Suzanne Dean (CD, Random House Publishing), Jamie Bell (CD, CMW), Justin Cooke (owner, Fortune Cookie and Chair, British Interactive Media Association), Steve Vranakis (CD, VCCP), and former Pentagram Partner David Hillman. The results, a mix of the quirky, the clever and the downright bizarre are available to view online here.
A short video of the private view of the fantasy portraits can be seen here. The portraits will be on display at LBi for one month from Thursday, 24 June.
For his portrait, Harry was photographed holding a very special guitar. An explanation after the jump.
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Pentagram’s London office welcomed WITNESS last night for an intimate dinner with Peter Gabriel. Co-hosted by Harry Pearce and Michelangelo Volpi the evening provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the work WITNESS does using video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.
Harry Pearce has been working with WITNESS for the last 17 years producing some of his most acclaimed work including the award-winning “Infantry” and “Burma” posters. He is a member of WITNESS’s advisory board.
Peter Gabriel describes working with Harry as “a mixture of good karma and great design”.
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Quick Link: Harry Pearce Interviewed by AIGA XCD
Harry Pearce’s work is showcased on the covers of two magazines this month, Wired and DAMn. Pearce, assisted by Diogo Soares, designed the cover for the April issue of the UK edition of Wired, illustrating the cover story ‘The Wired 100: Who’s Shaping the Digital World’. Wired’s UK edition launched last year and is celebrating its first anniversary. DAMn’s latest cover features Pearce’s contribution to The Haiti Poster Project. This project involved inviting established and emerging artists and designers to create a series of limited edition posters, which will be sold online with all proceeds donated to Doctors Without Borders. DAMn also contains an extensive article, ‘Illuminating the hidden’, in which Pearce discusses ‘what gets him going’.
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Posters designed by Harry Pearce, left, and Justus Oehler, right, for the Haiti Poster Project.
Harry Pearce and Justus Oehler have designed posters for The Haiti Poster Project, which are on sale now in aid of Doctors Without Borders. The overall goal is to reach a donation level of $1 million (USD). Designers around the world were approached to create limited edition posters in quantities of 25 to 100. Apart from the money donated the goal of increasing social awareness and to highlight the role design can play in conveying important messages.
Pearce describes his work as simply trying to capture the weight of the sadness. “A city as a body beneath a sheet. It’s still, silent and the plain facts say it all.” The image of the lettering beneath the sheet was photographed by Richard Foster and the printing was kindly donated by Gavin Martin.
Oehler based his design on seismographs. Just as Haiti was suddenly shaken by the tremors, the word Haiti is also disrupted. “I used my fountain pen to write the word Haiti disturbed by fierce seismographic squiggles.” The simple text beneath the disruption encourages the viewer to ‘Help Rebuild Haiti!’.
The signed posters are available for sale through The Haiti Poster Project and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
Harry’s poster also features on the cover of DAMn magazine and Justus’ on the Fast Company website.
Quick Link: Harry Pearce and Justus Oehler for the Haiti Poster Project
Pentagram partners Harry Pearce and Angus Hyland scooped seven awards between them at last night’s Transform Awards 2010, including the Grand Prix for excellence in rebranding for The Co-operative. The Awards are the UK’s only dedicated celebration of rebranding, brand transformation and reputational change.
In a ceremony hosted by the BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz, Harry Pearce’s work for the Co-operative won a further two gold awards; for best brand architecture and best national rebrand. Angus Hyland’s AkzoNobel identity won two golds and a silver and his work for Grant Thornton received a gold.
The Transform Awards were established by Communicate magazine, the UK’s leading magazine for corporate communications and stakeholder relations.
Harry Pearce and his team have been commissioned to redesign the complete own brand range for Budgens and Londis stores.
The own brand range has three levels, Good, Better, and Best, and many of the redesigned Good Value range have already hit the shelves with Pentagram’s designs for Good Value Jaffa Cakes and Good Value Assorted Crisps winning the Quality Food Awards 2009.
Now the first three varieties in the wines, beers and spirits range of Better products have been released with three sizes of bottle for the own brand whisky, gin and vodka. Each label takes a typographic approach with an individual letterform being adapted to capture the essence of the spirit inside. So the V of the vodka has a strong red constructivist feel with a silver foiled eagle set against it, the W of the whisky is foiled in gold against a faint thistle and the G of the gin is interlaced with a juniper branch replete with berries.
The text on each label adopts the same layout, which extends across all of Musgraves’ own brand products. It is expected that the whole redesign will take a year to roll out.
Quick Link: Michael Bierut and Harry Pearce at Design Indaba