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Awards: 50 Books / 50 Covers 2012

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!

New Work: The Public Theater Lobby

Over the past year the lobby of the Public Theater has been transformed into one of New York’s most vibrant and welcoming spaces for theatergoers. As part of a major renovation by Ennead Architects, Pentagram’s Paula Scher has created a program of environmental graphics for the space that integrates her iconic identity for the Public into the architecture of the theater itself.

The renovation opened last fall, but the graphics program was initially incomplete as elements have been gradualy installed throughout the season. The major work on the lobby is now complete, and Scher and her team continue to put finishing touches on other parts of the project.

New Work: NYC Beaches

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York last October, the city’s 14 miles of beaches took the brunt of the storm, with boardwalk structures destroyed and millions of tons of sand displaced. Following an extraordinary effort by the Mayor’s Office, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the city’s eight public swimming beaches were reopened on Memorial Day, only seven months after being devastated by the storm.

As part of the restoration, Pentagram’s Paula Scher has created a program of signage and environmental graphics that welcome New Yorkers back to their beaches. Pentagram has worked on the project in collaboration with a team of architects and designers that includes McLaren Engineering Group, Garrison Architects, Sage and Coombe Architects, LTL Architects and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.

Paula Scher Honored by CITYarts

Pentagram’s Paula Scher will be honored tonight at the 45th Anniversary Gala of CITYarts, the New York-based organization dedicated to empowering youth to transform their communities and their lives through the creation of public art. Scher will receive the organization’s Artistic Brick Award in recognition of her design achievement and dedication to public art. This year’s gala celebrates “The Marriage of Art and Science to Inspire Leaders of the Next Generation,” and other award recipients include Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation and past recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Leland Melvin, associate administrator for NASA and former astronaut.

Scher has designed graphics for several schools in the New York area. She completed a pair of large-scale murals at the Queens Metropolitan Campus in Forest Hills, Queens, as part of a commission for the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program, in partnership with the NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools program. Other educational institutions she has designed graphics for include Excellence Charter School in Bedford Stuyvesant, Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Clinton Hill, and most recently, PAVE Academy Charter School in Red Hook.

Congratulations, Paula!

Paula Scher Wins National Design Award

Pentagram is thrilled to announce that our partner Paula Scher has been selected to receive the 2013 National Design Award for Communication Design. The National Design Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation in design and are sponsored by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s awards, and the recipients will be honored at a gala on October 17 in New York, in conjunction with National Design Week.

Scher has been at the forefront of graphic design for over four decades. Bold, smart and accessible, her images have entered the American vernacular. She has created identity and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for clients that include Bloomberg, Citibank, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Bausch + Lomb, the Museum of Modern Art, the Public Theater, the High Line, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among many, many others. She was previously a Finalist in the Communication Design category in 2005 and 2007.

Congratulations, Paula!