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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
(This post is written by Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art. Martina is Guest Curator of “Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the art of design”)
An exhibition is a big tent with life inside it. Curating an exhibition about Daniel Weil and his career in design is like trying to hold down a tent in a force-nine gale: gusts of ideas, objects, drawings, sounds and memories swell the canvas to unsustainable proportions, then gradually the wind drops to settle its shape. While Daniel’s career over three decades includes large-scale interior design and furniture, this first solo museum show is a ‘wunderkammer’ installation focusing on his own projects and commercial products alongside a special new series of eight clocks and ten large drawings.
Now that it’s finally spring things are really starting to heat up in New York. Tonight the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine hosts its annual Maundy Thursday evening reading of selections from the Inferno, the opening section of Dante Alighieri’s medieval masterpiece the Divine Comedy. The dramatic literary event is presented in the Cathedral crossing and features a lineup of distinguished guests. Our poster for the reading uses the identity for the Cathedral designed by Michael Bierut, most recently seen on our signage for the institution’s four-legged parishioners. The graphics employ the custom font Divine, a redrawn version of Frederic Goudy’s 1928 Blackletter.
Project Team: Michael Bierut, partner-in-charge and designer; Katie Barcelona, designer.
This spring legendary chef Bobby Flay makes his long-awaited return to the New York dining scene with Gato, his first restaurant to open in the city in nine years. Gato serves a Mediterranean menu inspired by the flavors of Spain, Italy, France and Greece. For the restaurant’s identity, Flay turned to Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team, who previously designed the graphics for Flay’s brasserie Bar Americain and popular fast-casual chain Bobby’s Burger Palace. The Gato graphics complement the restaurant’s bold cuisine and industrial-chic NoHo setting with strong typography and a factory aesthetic.
The innovative New York based architecture firm GLUCK+ is a pioneer of Architect Led Design Build (ALDB), an integrated strategy that makes architects responsible for all aspects of the architectural process, from conception to construction. An alternative to the traditional design-bid-build process, ALDB puts the same people in charge of an entire project, resulting in better quality and cost of the finished building. Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and his team have collaborated with GLUCK+ on a comprehensive rebranding that highlights the firm’s multi-disciplinary approach in the new GLUCK+ name and identity, as well as a dynamic new website.