Pentagram’s Naresh Ramchandani explores what technology can’t give us this Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is upon us. Completing four days of rampant consumerism that began with Black Friday, it is our annual commercial clickfest, and boy do we splurge. On this day last year, the UK spent £10,000 every second, mostly on technotronica. And today we are likely to beat our previous record as we salivate on this year’s screens at next year’s screens, frantically wondering what combination of phone, tablet, television, console and camera can complete us, can make us more on it and with it than we already are.
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Pentagram’s Paula Scher has created the cover design for this weekend’s edition of The New York Times Book Review, a special issue devoted to the subject of Russia. Inspired by Constructivist typography, Scher’s design suggests the breadth of the issue’s content, which ranges from contemporary Russia to its political history and its relationship with the US. The arrangement of type reads not only as RUSSIA, but also as USSR and USA. (Scher has a longstanding love for Constructivist type and helped revive its use in postmodern design; her iconic Best of Jazz poster turns 35 this year.)
Scher recently designed the cover of another special issue of the Book Review that focused on women and power.
Project Team: Paula Scher, partner-in-charge and designer; Irina Koryagina, designer.
William Russell and team have completed a refurbishment of Margaret Howell’s flagship store on London’s Wigmore Street.
The store is one of many collaborations between Howell and Russell, encompassing flagships and concession stores located in Britain, France, Italy and Japan.
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An unusual new book designed by Stu Taylor and partner DJ Stout in Pentagram’s Austin office comes out of the closet, literally, on December 2. Published by powerHouse Books, Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital features still-life images of brains by Austin-based photographer Adam Voorhes with reporting and essays by Alex Hannaford.
“The book will be out just in time for those hard to shop for Christmas gifts,” quips Stout. “But seriously, these expertly crafted images may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are fascinating and beautiful in their own right.”
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New City Books is a joint publishing imprint of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and Princeton Architectural Press that explores architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, and planning in the redevelopment of the civic realm. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed the series, which highlights the formative nature of innovative design and makes a case for strategies that spur widespread support of reurbanization in American cities.
While the five books in the series are united by the topical thread of urban redevelopment and design, the content of each book is highly specific in its own right. Rather than applying the same design elements across the series, each book is distinguished by its own set of display typefaces for titles, heading, and the body copy, as well as a unique spine color that alludes to the information within. The New City Books wordmark is set in the same typeface as the copy within the corresponding book.
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Harry Pearce and team have created four new posters for the Royal Academy of the Arts. The posters implement the new design system that Pearce created for the 245-year old institution in 2012.
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On 18 November, Abbott Miller gave a talk at Pentagram’s London studio about his monograph, Design and Content. We tweeted quotes from his talk on the night using #sosaysabbott, and have complied five of our favourite moments for all of you who didn’t get the chance to follow live.
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Marina Willer and team have designed a pop-up gallery in an ice-cream van for The Artful Project.
The Artful Project is an online gallery that makes bold and original art work affordable to a new generation of buyers. The van is the gallery’s physical space, and represents their goal of making art accessible and attainable to everyone.
The van is coated in striking colours and patterns, which recreate the curiosity and delight that art can bring. It is designed to be loud and visible wherever it goes, whether it’s parked at the Frieze Art Fair or driving down the highway.
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Café Royal is an iconic London venue that has been a meeting and eating place for the avante garde for over a century. This year, it has reopened its doors as a luxury five-star hotel and private members club.
John Rushworth has developed the identity and collateral for the reimagined Café Royal, which takes into account its distinct history, as well as its contemporary renovation by architect, David Chipperfield.
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Opening this Sunday, Fulton Center is a new transportation hub that will improve access and connections at the busiest subway interchange in Lower Manhattan. Located at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway, the Center provides a landmark gateway and transfer point for five major subway lines and 11 different trains served by the Fulton Street, Chambers Street–World Trade Center/Park Place and Cortlandt Street stations, as well as connections to the PATH system. The complex is projected to be used by 300,000 passengers daily and is also home to a new retail destination with shops and restaurants.
Working with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed an identity for Fulton Center that conveys its role as a transportation crossroads—and spotlights the unique artwork at its center.
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