Each year the long, cold winter of competition submissions pays off (hopefully) with a little winning in the warmer months. This year our US offices have had a lucky 13 projects selected in the 365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 30, announced today.
Pentagram has winners in all four categories, or “channels,” of 365. In Branding, our selections include the identities for the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Bobby’s Burger Palace and The Oak Room, all designed by Michael Bierut; the identity for OLIN, designed by Abbott Miller; and the refresh of The Public Theater identity, designed by Paula Scher. Scher’s 2008 Shakespeare in the Park campaign was honored in the Promoting channel, as were Michael Bierut’s viewbook for Yale College and our very own Pentagram Papers 39: Signs, designed by DJ Stout, and holiday book, A Number of Numbers, designed by Michael Gericke. Abbott Miller’s False Start issue of 2wice was selected in the Entertaining category, and Kit Hinrich’s Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art was honored in Informing.
Our winners in the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers section of the competition are Writings on Architecture, the collection of essays by Paul Rudolph, designed by Michael Bierut; and Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, the exhibition catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, designed by Abbott Miller.
The winning projects will be published in the annual AIGA: 365 Year in Design, out later this year.
A Pentagram team led by Michael Gericke has designed the new identity and website for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. SEGD’s members are a “global community of people working at the intersection of communication design and the built environment.”
The site makes use of the new symbol designed by Pentagram. The mark consists of four brightly colored panels that can be interpreted as three-dimensional forms, printed graphics or interactive menus. On the site these panels act as visual springboards for the website content, providing sections for news, conferences, awards, publications and learning.
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What will cities be like in the not-too-distant year of 2050? For the Urban Land Institute, Michael Gericke and his team created the exhibition The City in 2050. Designed to educate the public about the variety of economic, social and environmental factors that will shape the future design and development of cities worldwide, the exhibition was installed at the institute’s Urban Land Expo in Miami and will travel to other locations in the year ahead. A pair of large-scale arrows creates the structure for the exhibition’s galleries and symbolically points to the future.
A look at the exhibition after the jump.
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Quick Link: Marks and Numbers on Ace Jet 170
Pentagram was one of seven studios asked to redesign the Super Bowl XLIII logo for an exercise in today’s New York Times. Designed by Michael Gericke, Don Bilodeau and Jed Skillins, our logo is “a departure from the Roman numerals primarily featured in past Super Bowl logos, a bold symbol that celebrates the coming together of the champions of the A.F.C. and N.F.C. Their two overlapping helmets, in the N.F.L.’s colors, embed a football within the center of the design. The ball rests on the 50-yard line, creating the game’s iconic trophy.”
Gericke also comments in an accompanying article about the official logo. We are, of course, pulling for our favorite underdogs to win the championship.
Pentagram alumni Armin Vit and Julia Hoffmann also contributed designs to the exercise.
Best of luck to the Arizona Cardinals, who, after an incredible season, will meet the Philadelphia Eagles for this Sunday’s NFC playoffs at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game will take place amidst the bold environmental graphics developed by Michael Gericke and his team for the stadium, which was also the site of last year’s Super Bowl. The winner of this Sunday’s game will go on to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. Go Cards!
Update: Congratulations to the Cardinals, who defeated the Eagles 32-25, winning their first league championship since 1947. They face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1. Believe it.
The Number of Numbers site designed by Michael Gericke and his team is today’s recommendation from Very Short List: Science. “This clever, beautifully designed slide show and quiz…takes us through seven early tallying systems and poses a single, simple question on each page. How many moons orbit Mars? How many lives does a Felis catus have? The answers are right in front of you—but written in ancient numeral systems you must decode.”
Each year Pentagram issues a small holiday book as a greeting to its friends, clients and colleagues. The partners take turns researching and designing these books, which usually contain some kind of game or activity. This year’s book, A Number of Numbers, has been designed by Michael Gericke and his team. Numbers are an especially timely subject, given their importance in recent world events and for the ways they connect us now more than ever. The book features seven numerical systems, from simple tallying to the Burmese system, seen above.
We have adapted the book’s content online and are pleased to present the minisite here. Do you have a head for numbers?
Go to the A Number of Numbers site
The banner on the façade of our New York office has turned a lovely shade of Pentagram red, thanks to the new design by Michael Gericke and his team.
The banner on the façade of our New York office has turned a lovely shade of Pentagram red, thanks to the new design by Michael Gericke.