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New Work: Amalgamated Bank

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Amalgamated Bank is the leading financial institution dedicated to providing affordable banking services to working people, unions, and progressive organizations and businesses. Established in 1923 as New York City’s first labor bank, Amalgamated is now the largest union-owned bank in the United States, with locations across the city, as well as in Washington DC, New Jersey, Nevada and California. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed a new brand identity for the bank that updates its look while also honoring its legacy.

Amalgamated has its roots in the union Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, now part of Workers United, current majority owner of the bank. The bank’s heritage in the garment manufacturing union inspired the new mark, which weaves two forms together like fabric and resembles an abstract “A” and “B.”

Abbott Miller Talks to ‘Ad Men’

Pentagram’s Abbott Miller will be the featured guest on this week’s edition of “Ad Men”, a radio program of Lakeshore Public Media that explores the latest ideas and trends in advertising and marketing. Miller will discuss his new monograph, Design and Content, and the role of the designer as an intermediary between ideas and images and words.

“Ad Men” airs on the NPR affiliate 89.1 FM in the Chicago market and online here. (Click on the “Listen Now” link in the top right corner.) Tune in on Tuesday, September 23 at 12 pm CDT. Abbott’s segment begins around 12:40.

Update: Listen to the archived episode here: “Ad Men,” September 23, 2014.

New Work: 500W21

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Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and team have designed branding, collateral and sales center displays for 500W21, a new residential development located where the High Line meets West 21st Street in the West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The identity was inspired by the building’s unique positioning as an elegant, refined structure within the cutting-edge gallery district. Pentagram partner Emily Oberman also contributed, providing creative direction and messaging for the building’s advertising campaigns.

The team worked with the building’s developer, Sherwood Equities, as well as Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, architect Kohn Pedersen Fox, landscape architect Rees Roberts + Partners and interior designer MARKZEFF. Architecturally, the glass and limestone-clad building, which consumes an entire block between West 20th and 21st Streets, is industrial yet classic—in contrast to nearby structures by the likes of Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry.

New Work: ‘OfficeUS Agenda’

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OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 14th International Venice Architecture Biennale, is a working architecture office that is exploring the ways in which U.S. architectural practice has influenced the discipline around the world over the past 100 years. The project is sharing its research through an extensive program of publications, both integrated into the exhibition—where a repository of 1,000 binders lines the walls of the installation—and as a series of books made available to the public. Pentagram’s Natasha Jen has designed Agenda, the first in the book series and the official catalogue for the U.S. Pavilion. The book design builds on the graphic identity Jen developed for the OfficeUS, which utilizes a visual language built out of the efficiencies of office culture.

New Work: Double Space for BMW

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Every year, the London Design Festival (LDF) invites some of the world’s leading designers and architects to experiment with new materials and processes in landmark projects. These projects are focal points for the festival and are often in iconic spaces in London.

One of the landmark projects for LDF 2014 is ‘Precision & Poetry in Motion’ by Barber & Osgerby and BMW, an installation of two giant, curved mirrors in the V&A museum’s Raphael Gallery. The mirrors rotate at the top of the gallery, reflecting and distorting Raphael’s Cartoons and visitors alike.

Domenic Lippa and his team have designed a book to accompany the exhibition. The book uses mirrored typography throughout, from its packaging to its content. Its cover is made of mirrored board paper, further echoing its subject.

Awards: AIGA Justified 2014

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AIGA’s Justified competition honors clear and compelling design that balances specificity with accessibility and effectiveness. The entries for Justified are submitted as case studies rather than as a series of design artifacts, an approach that showcases the creative process to solving clients’ design problems while demonstrating the value of design. A record number of entries were submitted for the fourth annual competition this year, and we are proud to announce that two of Pentagram’s projects have been chosen as winners.

The identity and environmental graphics program designed by Paula Scher and her team for the restored New York City Beaches was selected as one of Justified’s 19 winners, as was the extensive WalkNYC pedestrian wayfinding system developed by PentaCityGroup, a special consortium of designers that included Michael Bierut and team.

Join Abbott Miller for Type Nite at MICA

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Pentagram’s Abbott Miller will speak about his new book Design and Content at Type Nite, Monday, September 22, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Miller be joined by fellow MFA in Graphic Design faculty member Ellen Lupton, type designer Tal Leming, and other special guests. The evening will showcase new typefaces under development, explore type at work on page, on screen, and in the built environment, and celebrate the release of Design and Content and Lupton’s new book, Type on Screen, both published by Princeton Architectural Press.

The live event takes place in Baltimore, but designers, students, and font-lovers around the world can join the discussion via Twitter. Use the hashtag #TypeNite to participate in the Q&A and see your book get signed. If you’re not in Baltimore, pre-order your book at the MICA Bookstore website and receive 20% off. You will have the opportunity to fill out how you would like your books inscribed and the store will mail them to you. Include your Twitter handle and MICA will tweet a photo of the author signing your book.

Type Nite is free and open to the public, Monday, September 22, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue in Baltimore.

New Work: London Design Festival 2014

For the eighth year running, Domenic Lippa and his team have designed the visual identity and promotional materials for London Design Festival, one of the biggest events in the design world. Running from 13th-21st September across London with the V&A as its centre, the Festival includes exhibitions, talks and workshops about a range of design disciplines.

London is a huge and unplanned city where even the most experienced visitors can lose their way. This year Lippa is honouring London’s chaotic nature by challenging visitors to “Lose yourself in the London Design Festival”.