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Berry Bros. & Rudd: Part 1, Core Identity

Creating a modern, robust identity for the world’s most respected wine merchants, Berry Bros. & Rudd, who are still based in their original home of No. 3 St James Street, was a particular challenge. Berry Bros.& Rudd are the direct link between the makers and the drinkers of wine.

The new identity had to feel as if it had always existed. The previous manifestation had been created in the 1980′s and had no reference to the company’s history or authenticity. To uncover its lost stories, Pentagram scoured the grounds of their original home at No. 3, researching and photographing a host of branded artefacts spanning five centuries. Studying wine labels, walls and old publications a great array of typographic styles were found, each with their own eccentricities.

Daniel Weil’s Time Machines Opens at the Design Museum

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“Dense, inventive, chaotic, cerebral, surprising and fun” is how Michael Bierut describes fellow partner Daniel Weil’s exhibition, which opened last night at the Design Museum and was celebrated by all 19 global partners and friends of Pentagram.

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the art of design is a cross-section of 30 years of design process and projects showing influences, inspiration and the action of designing. The show is curated by Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art, who has worked closely with Daniel over recent months to decode his creative instincts and outputs and tell his story. The product of their forensic process of sifting, sorting and surfacing is now laid out for all to enjoy until August 25.“The exhibition is a glimpse into a creative world that very few have seen,” says Bierut. “It is a world you will be happy to visit.”

New Work: Music Under New York

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New York’s diverse music scene travels underground for Music Under New York, the program of MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design that brings quality music to the commuting public. Established in 1985, Music Under New York presents over 7,500 performances annually in the MTA’s subways and railroads. More than 350 soloists and groups currently participate in the program, performing music in genres ranging from Aboriginal didgeridoo, bluegrass, and Brazilian jazz to traditional Chinese orchestral music, soul and klezmer.

Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a new identity for Music Under New York that launches today with the program’s 27th annual auditions, which are being held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Inspired by MTA New York City Transit’s iconic subway signage, the new branding will be used to identify Music Under New York performers throughout the transit system. Scher is serving on the panel of 35 judges for today’s auditions, which will select approximately 20 new performers to add to the roster.

Awards: Type Directors Club 60

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Every year, the Type Directors Club awards outstanding achievement in typographic design, in print and on screen. Winning projects are presented in the club’s yearly Typography Annual publication, as well as in a traveling exhibition that makes stops at several cities around the world.

We are pleased to announce that several of our projects have been selected as winners in TDC60, this year’s communication design competition of the Type Directors Club.  Winners from Pentagram include Michael Bierut’s design for the WalkNYC pedestrian wayfinding system, Eddie Opara’s identity for the non-profit organization Platform, Emily Oberman’s identity for the film production company Jigsaw, and Paula Scher’s poster commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre in London.

In addition to being honored alongside this year’s winners, Paula Scher’s environmental graphic system for the Public Theatre Lobby was selected as a judge’s choice by Debbie Millman and will appear at the front of Typography 35, TDC’s annual for 2014 designed by COLLINS.

Thanks to all our designers, teams, and clients for their excellent work!

New Work: ‘Build, Memory’

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In his new book Build, Memory (Monacelli Press), the award-winning architect James Stewart Polshek chronicles his fifty-plus-year career in a unique “memoir of projects” that tells his story through 16 key works. (The title is a play on Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir, Speak, Memory.) Polshek writes a candid personal narrative that details his experience designing landmark projects such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, the Newseum in Washington, DC, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Pentagram’s Paula Scher and team have designed the book with a clear, cogent format that complements Polshek’s articulate and accessible writing.

‘Century: 100 Years of Type and Design’ Opens at AIGA

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Type surrounds us everyday in countless forms—on screens and publications, on signs and buildings, on products and packaging—and in just as many varieties. Created by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, Century: 100 Years of Type and Design is a new exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York that celebrates the incredible diversity of typefaces and their integral role in design over the past 100 years. Organized as part of AIGA’s centennial year, the show opened this week and will serve as the hub of two months of presentations, lectures, workshops and receptions.

Miller’s exhibition design for Century transforms the AIGA gallery into an immersive environment of typography. The walls and ceilings have been dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library, and a pair of dynamic animations further express the variations of different typefaces. The design sets the stage for the remarkable host of artifacts on display, including rare works from the archives of leading design organizations including Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, the Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the Type Archive, the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and the Museum of Printing.

New Work: The TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike Expo New York

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There’s nothing quite like experiencing New York City on a bike, especially on a beautiful spring day surrounded by thousands of fellow riders. This Sunday, May 4, over 32,000 cyclists will bike 40 miles of traffic-free streets in the annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour, presented by the non-profit organization Bike New York. Pentagram’s Emily Oberman and team have designed the graphics for this year’s Tour, as well as the promotional campaign for Bike Expo New York, a two-day event that leads up to the big ride. The graphics look ahead to Oberman’s design of a new identity and website for Bike New York, which launches this summer.

Preview: ‘Century: 100 Years of Type and Design’ at AIGA

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Abbott Miller’s identity for Century features a letter “C” rendered in segments of Monotype fonts.

Created by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, Century: 100 Years of Type and Design is a new exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York that celebrates the integral role of type in design. Organized as part of AIGA’s centennial year, the show opens this Thursday, May 1, and will serve as the hub of two months of presentations, lectures, workshops and receptions.

Century features a host of rare works and unique artifacts from leading design organizations including Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, the Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the Type Archive, the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and the Museum of Printing.

Miller was honored with the AIGA Medal this year. His exhibition design for Century transforms the AIGA gallery into an immersive environment of typography. The walls and ceilings have been dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library. The idea of multiplicity is reinforced in Miller’s mark for the exhibition, a letter “C” rendered in segments of different Monotype fonts. In an animation created for the gallery, the “C” cycles through hundreds of typefaces that move like the minute hand on a clock.

Century is free and open to the public and remains on view through June 18 at the AIGA National Design Center, 164 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Read more about the exhibition here.

New Work: Codecademy

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Codecademy is the premier online educational platform that offers free coding classes in different programming languages such as Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, and Ruby, as well as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and markup languages including HTML and CSS. Founded in 2011 by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, the innovative platform has quickly expanded to encompass over 24 million users who have collectively submitted several billions of lines of code. Codecademy sees its mission as nothing less than changing the future of education, addressing the need for computer programmers and the lack of the discipline in current curricula with an easily accessible platform that everyone can use.

Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and team have developed a comprehensive new identity system for Codecademy and the user interface for the platform’s redesigned website, which launched earlier this week. Inspired by coding, the identity has been conceived as an adaptive kit of parts that can be extended as the company grows and establishes partnerships with other organizations.The designers worked closely with the Codecademy co-founders and lead designer Manuel Lima on the program.

“Codecademy is a business we’ve built to help everyone in the world learn the skills they need to make things and find jobs,” says Zach Sims. “We think our new look will make Codecademy’s impact even greater for the millions of people who have already started learning on the platform, as well as future users who want to code.”

New Work: ‘Scenes from the City, Revised and Expanded’

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New York has always been a favorite location for filmmakers, but over the past decade production in the city has exploded, increasing by 25 percent and contributing over 130,000 jobs and $7.6 billion to the economy. Helping to fuel this boom is the New York City Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, the first city agency of its kind in the world. Established in 1966, the office oversees film and television production in New York and fosters the relationship between filmmakers and the local economy.

Produced with the agency, Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York. Revised and Expanded is the new 2014 edition of James Sanders’ history of the past five decades of film and television shot in NYC, from Sweet Smell of Success and “The Honeymooners” to The Amazing Spider-Man and “Girls.” Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have designed the new edition, building on their format for the original 2006 book.

On the occasion of the Tribeca Film Festival, James Sanders will be speaking about the book and signing copies at Barnes & Noble Tribeca tonight at 6 pm.