Located in New York’s historic North TriBeCa neighborhood, 443 Greenwich Street is a landmark 1882 factory building that is being transformed into luxury residences. Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have designed the brand identity and marketing campaign for the development, which features a distinctive monogram inspired by the building’s unique floor plan and industrial past.
Continue reading “New Work: 443 Greenwich Street”
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens today following a three-year renovation that restores the historic Andrew Carnegie Mansion and increases the museum’s exhibition space by 60 percent. Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and Eddie Opara and their teams have collaborated on the graphics for the revitalized institution, including a bold new graphic identity, website, signage, wayfinding and exhibition graphics.
Michael Gericke and his team developed a vibrant and contemporary signage and environmental graphics program for the mansion’s exterior and interior. The program includes the exterior identity, exhibition directories, wayfinding and donor recognition graphics. The Andrew Carnegie Mansion is a historic landmark and cannot be physically altered, so the team found ways to creatively integrate the signage into the building in an impactful but non-intrusive way.
Continue reading “Cooper Hewitt Reopens With Graphics by Pentagram”
A video of the making of the WITNESS wall in East London
Earlier this year, Harry Pearce and team worked with six street artists to create an outdoor mural celebrating human rights activists around the world. In celebration of Human Rights Day, we’re releasing a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the wall.
Continue reading “Collaborative Activism: WITNESS Wall”
Pentagram’s friends, clients and colleagues recently gathered at our New York studio to celebrate the publication of Abbott Miller: Design and Content, the new monograph by Abbott Miller. In the book, out now from Princeton Architectural Press, Miller assumes both roles of designer and author, taking readers through his process of designing identities, books, magazine, exhibitions, environmental graphics, and digital projects, including groundbreaking work for clients and collaborators including the Guggenheim, Harley-Davidson, Vitra, Knoll, Formica, Rolling Stone and 2wice.
The New York Times Book Review has just highlighted Design and Content in its year-end roundup of notable design books. In his review, Steven Heller writes that the “engaging design book…offers a neutral frame for a precisionist practice” that, in Miller’s words, balances “the hedonism of the eye and the obligations of function, message and content.”
Continue reading “Celebrating ‘Design and Content’”
William Russell and team have designed a standalone shop and production office for Margaret Howell in Florence, Italy. The shop and office bring the British design company closer to their Italian suppliers, and is the brand’s first production facility outside of the UK.
Continue reading “New Work: Margaret Howell Florence”
Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer, senior tutor at the RCA and writer based in London. He is also a founding partner at Unit Editions, a publishing venture that produces high-quality and good value books on graphic design and visual culture.
On Thursday 5 December, Adrian gave a talk at Pentagram’s London studio, where he shared some insights into his experiences as a designer in the publishing industry.
Here’s what we learnt.
Continue reading “A Lesson in Publishing with Adrian Shaughnessy”
Harry Pearce and team have designed the packaging for Spectrum, a new range of consumer electronics for John Lewis.
Continue reading “New Work: Spectrum”
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.
Continue reading “My Cyber Monday Struggle”
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.
Continue reading “New Work: Margaret Howell Wigmore Street”