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New Work: Apex for Youth

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Apex for Youth is a non-profit organization that has provides mentoring and educational programs for disadvantaged Asian and immigrant youth in New York City. Apex’s network of volunteers is made up of working professionals who provide support in academics, social skills, and community engagement for elementary through high school students. Many of the mentees are are first-generation college students, and are encouraged to become volunteers after graduating high school, helping to extend the outreach cycle of the Apex program. Apex for Youth also holds its annual Inspiration Awards Gala, celebrating exceptional students and outstanding members of New York City’s Asian community.

Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have designed a new identity for Apex that reflects the organization’s influential mission. The logo design is inspired by the tangram, a traditional Chinese dissection puzzle in which seven flat, geometric shapes are arranged to form familiar objects. The new Apex logo makes use of these shapes by forming an apple, symbolic of the organization’s educational mission and alluding to New York City’s most well-known moniker.

Well-Designed Gifts for Every Budget Courtesy of Pentagram

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It’s December. A month that is full of parties, drinking, deadlines, ironic jumpers and endless poultry. And, the annual crisis of choosing what to buy for your mother, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbour and your significant other

We know time is tight, and that end-of-year shopping is a nightmare, so in the spirit of giving, we’ve made a list of gifts, from Pentagram, to suit every budget.

New Work: 443 Greenwich Street

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Located in New York’s historic North TriBeCa neighborhood, 443 Greenwich Street is a landmark 1882 factory building that is being transformed into luxury residences. Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have designed the brand identity and marketing campaign for the development, which features a distinctive monogram inspired by the building’s unique floor plan and industrial past.

New Work: ‘World Wide Storefront’

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Call for submissions for the inaugural edition of World Wide Storefront, a new exhibition presented by the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

World Wide Storefront is a new exhibition presented by the Storefront for Art and Architecture that features 10 experimental cultural works located around the globe. Conceived as a kind of dispersed, deconstructed architectural survey—a grassroots alternative to large, established shows like the Venice Architecture Biennale—the exhibition aims to uncover, produce and discuss projects on a global scale from local points of view, and is designed to be primarily experienced through a portal website at wwstorefront.org.

Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have created a dynamic identity for the exhibition that reflects its DIY spirit. The graphics are built around a grid motif inspired by maps, as well as the idea that a screen is essentially a grid of pixels. The rigid black-and-white framework holds a riotous mix of content—photographs, drawings, infographics, maps, typography, icons and more—giving the program an open, street-like feel. The identity has been extended to the WWSf website, as well as the exhibition’s eleventh site, the Storefront gallery in New York.

Jen also recently collaborated with Storefront on the identity and graphics for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the design of the new Manifesto Series of books.

New Work: ‘New Practices New York 2014’

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Presented by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter, New Practices New York is a biennial competition that serves as New York City’s preeminent platform to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and team have designed the competition graphics and exhibition for New Practices New York 2014, currently on view at the Center for Architecture. The show opened this month as part of the Archtober festival and remains on view through January 17, 2015.

Jen’s graphics for the competition build on the identity she previously designed for the New Practices Committee in 2011. The logo presents a convergence of three lines: two come together to form a directional arrow, while the addition of a third creates a corner or symbol of dimensional space. This year’s New Practices New York competition has been organized around the theme “Action!,” and Jen’s design for the exhibition extends the strong black line of the logo into graphics that run across the walls and floor of the gallery to activate the space.

Awards: 50 Books / 50 Covers 2013

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Though the future of traditional book sales often seems uncertain, beautiful and compelling design always reasserts the book as an essential, lasting object. Since 1922, AIGA has honored the best in book design for its annual 50 Books/50 Covers competition, which has the distinction of being the “oldest continuously operating graphic design competition in the United States.” We are proud to have several Pentagram projects listed as winners in the 2013 awards, presented by AIGA, Design Observer, and Designers & Books.