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World Chess Championships 2014

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The World Chess Championship begins today in Sochi. For the next 20 days, incumbent Magnus Carlsen of Norway, rated as the best player in history, and five-time World Champion Viswanthan Anand of India will be battling for the title.

The Match is being played over a maximum of twelve games, with the winner being the first to score 6.5 points or more. The match is seen as the last chance for Anand to recapture the title from 23-year old Carlsen, after losing to him in Chennai last year.

This is the second world championship that will be played with Daniel Weil’s World Chess set.

Throughout the Championship Pentagram will be sharing daily results on Twitter. Live coverage of the match can be found on FIDE’s website.

A limited number of World Chess Set are available for purchase here.

New Work: Second Home

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Pentagram partner Marina Willer and team have designed the brand identity for Second Home, a creative institution and workspace in Shoreditch, which provides private studios for fast-growing technology firms and entrepreneurs. Second Home is a curated community that brings together small companies and freelancers to foster new inventions, dialogues and partnerships.

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: ‘Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film’

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No artist has tapped in to Austin’s distinctive ethos like filmmaker Richard Linklater. His indie classic Slacker helped to define the laidback, “keep it weird” attitude of the burgeoning Texas metropolis.

Now, Pentagram partner DJ Stout and designer Stu Taylor in our Austin office have designed and produced a book of photographs by Matt Lankes that documents the making of Boyhood, Linklater’s critically acclaimed new film that has taken the country by storm.

New Work: Moss Bros. Identity

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Moss Bros. is a formal menswear company that has been making good quality clothing accessible to all Britons since 1851. Pentagram’s Harry Pearce has paid homage to this history of “suiting the nation” by creating a new visual identity for the brand.

Pearce and his team emphasised the company’s heritage by returning to the name ‘Moss Bros.’, moving away from the briefly adopted ‘Moss’. To reflect its British pedigree, Gill Sans is used in the logotype with Caslon elsewhere. The brand colour is a mix of classic suit colours that is supported by a subsidiary chalk tone inspired by tailoring patches.

New Work: Queens Theatre

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Queens Theatre is the premier performing arts venue in Queens, New York, presenting world-class theater, dance, music and comedy. The innovative productions are matched by a one-of-a-kind location: QT is located in the historic Theaterama, one of the three structures that originally comprised the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a new identity for Queens Theatre that conveys its vibrant programming and unique setting. The logo employs simple shapes inspired by the geometric forms of the pavilion, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.

Scher worked closely on the project with Taryn Sacramone, Queens Theatre’s Managing Director. Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the US, and the Theatre was looking for a visual language that would appeal to an incredibly varied audience and provide a cohesive system for promoting a wide range of activities. At the same time, QT needed an identity that would reflect its position as an important arts institution and help it stand out in New York City’s crowded cultural landscape.

“Our programming is incredibly diverse,” says Sacramone. “I wanted one strong identity that unified all of our materials and communications. We are also working to reach new audiences, and people unfamiliar with Queens Theatre will make an assumption about the artistic quality of our productions from the artistic quality of our branding. I wanted the look of our new identity to match the quality of what we put on stage.”

Street Number

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As the building boom envelops New York City, Pentagram’s studio at 204 Fifth Avenue finds itself squeezed by construction on both sides. The latest in our series of typographic banners announces our address amid all the scaffolding. Designed by Abbott Miller, the flag features typography set in Calibre, also recently seen in Miller’s new monograph Design and Content and its accompanying exhibition.

New Work: Berry Bros. & Rudd Exceptional Casks Collection

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Berry Bros. & Rudd has released the first bottlings from its new Exceptional Casks Collection, an exclusive and exquisite range of rare spirits. Following Pentagram’s development of a new identity for the brand, Harry Pearce has designed the collection’s bottlings. 

New Work: MIT Media Lab


The new MIT Media Lab identity integrates the logos of nearly two dozen research groups.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is holy ground not just for scientists and engineers, but for graphic designers as well. In the sixties, designers like Jacqueline Casey, Dietmar Winkler, Ralph Coburn and Muriel Cooper adapted the visual forms of European modernism to a lively, particularly American version that marked MIT as a place that balanced rigor and invention. Perhaps nowhere at MIT was that design impulse more pronounced than at the MIT Media Lab, which Cooper co-founded and where she ran the Visual Language Workshop. Nearly 30 years after its founding, the Media Lab has a new visual identity designed by Pentagram.