New York drivers often arrive in confusion when parking their cars on city streets; the thrill of finding an empty spot is quickly replaced by the “huh?!” of trying to decipher a jumble of posted restrictions and possible fines. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have worked with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a new, simplified design for parking signs that are more easily understood and may result in fewer parking tickets for New Yorkers. The redesign was introduced this week by Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and other city officials at a press conference in Midtown, where 450 signs have already been installed.
We’re delighted to announce that one of Pentagram’s founding partners, Kenneth Grange, has been knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
Grange, one of the country’s leading product designers of the last 50 years, spent 25 years at Pentagram where he designed British Rail’s Intercity 125 train, Instamatic cameras for Kodak, food mixers for Kenwood, the TX1 London taxi and many other famous everyday designs.
Pentagram’s Justus Oehler and his team in Berlin have designed a new series of typographic posters for the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, or OPL, the national orchestra of Luxembourg. The posters accompany the brand identity Oehler created for the orchestra last year.
Each poster is for a single concert, and the OPL presents up to 40 performances a year. The all-type posters create a fresh, distinctive look that promotes the OPL brand while also being flexible, inexpensive and easily produced. In the posters, lines of type emanate like waves of sound, in curves echoing the OPL identity. The colors are taken from the mark, which consists of four overlapping translucent color rings. The font is Walbaum.
Oehler also previously designed the identity for the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the concert hall where the OPL is based.
Put a little color in your New Year with the 2013 Pantone and The Art of Andy Warhol calendars designed by Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and Brankica Harvey. Published by Abrams, both calendars come in wall and engagement editions that will brighten your workspace or home all year long.
Home to the world’s most celebrated Christmas tree, the famous ice skating rink, a one-of-a-kind observation deck, and many top shops and restaurants, Rockefeller Center is New York’s most iconic place for the holidays, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Michael Gericke and his team at Pentagram have designed a festive holiday campaign for the Center and Top of the Rock. Featuring the tagline “Deck the Holidays,” a play on “deck the halls,” the bright graphics of the campaign combine holiday symbols like snowmen, reindeer and Christmas trees with the familiar forms of the deck’s viewfinders and the iconic architecture of the Center. Pentagram developed the campaign with Tishman Speyer, who own and manage Rockefeller Center.
With the world economy in tailspin, splashing out on expensive gifts for your loved one might be a bad move these holidays.
But fear not, because the Pentagram annual holiday card is here to help. Darling I got you a paperclip features a set of twelve gift tags that show how with a little creative thinking, even the cheapest present can show the richness of your love.
The presents featured include dental floss, a tennis ball, some batteries, a box of matches, a pack of sweeteners, and, of course, a paperclip.
Few things are as contentious and hotly debated as the art of barbecue in Texas. “When I was the art director of Texas Monthly we came out with a special barbecue issue every year that listed the best barbecue joints in the state,” says Pentagram Austin partner DJ Stout. “The magazine wrote about more important issues of course, including state politics and policy, investigative journalism, and serious profiles, but nothing raised the ire of the readership like the annual barbecue issue.” Now Stout and associate partner Julie Savasky, who was the lead designer on the project, have stoked the fire, or pit, with their design of The Salt Lick Cookbook; A Story of Land, Family, and Love. The new book distributed by the University of Texas Press hits bookstores just in time for the gift-giving season.
The Salt Lick is a legendary barbecue restaurant, a destination really, near the tiny town of Driftwood, a 30-minute drive from Austin through the scenic Hill Country of Central Texas. The restaurant started as a little barbecue stand in 1967 and is now visited by an average of 600,000 customers annually. The Salt Lick Cookbook features recipes from the main menu served daily at the restaurant as well as the down-home fare the restaurant’s proprietor, Scott Roberts, grew up on. The story of the Salt Lick, as told in the book by Roberts and author Jessica Dupuy, is a personal memoir of family, friends, food and the land that has been a major part of the Robert’s family heritage for over 130 years.
Pentagram recently celebrated our 40th anniversary with a gala party in New York. Over 1,000 friends, clients and colleagues gathered at the Edison Ballroom near Times Square to dine, drink and dance, with our current international partnership and many past partners in attendance.
To help set the mood, Natasha Jen and her team designed supersized 5-feet-high by 7-feet-wide “speech bubble” balloons that were suspended from the ceiling of the ballroom (no small talk at this party!) while Emily Oberman and her team created a montage of iconic movie moments from the past 40 years that played on screens throughout the venue.
The “epic bacchanal” recently received the “Midlife Crisis Averted Award” in Design Observer’s year-end wrap-up. Here’s to 40 more!
Published by Laurence King and edited by Michael Evamy, Logotype is a new book that showcases over 1,300 type-based logos.
Angus Hyland, who is the consultant Creative Director to Laurence King, has designed the cover for Logotype, using custom drawn letters, making a logotype for the book itself.
Pentagram’s Lorenzo Apicella has designed a new branch for M&T Bank in Newburgh, New York. The branch is the sixth to be completed using our design language for M&T, testing its adaptability and visual impact across a wide spectrum of site types and branch sizes.
Apicella has worked with M&T since 2008 to develop a distinctive brand language for the bank and its branches, to help set M&T apart from its competitors and create a 360-degree experience of the brand. The architecture demonstrates the core values of M&T with a forward-looking design that communicates both openness and security. Like M&T’s other new branches, the building has been constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards.