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Pentagram Papers 44: Hear, All Ye People; Hearken, O Earth

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Do typefaces matter? In July 2012, the filmmaker and author Errol Morris published a short and rather enigmatic quiz on the website of The New York Times. Without really understanding its purpose, over 45,000 people responded to the quiz, which purported to address the question “Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?” Morris’s real goal, however, was to determine whether the choice of typeface had any effect on a message’s believability. His answer: It does.

This experiment is the focus of Pentagram Papers 44: Hear, All Ye People: Hearken, O Earth. Designed by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Jessica Svendsen, the book republishes the two-part Times essay in which Morris revealed the results of his test, and is set almost entirely in the typeface that he determined to be most trustworthy: Baskerville.

New Work: Choice Works

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Animated version of the Choice Works identity.

Pentagram’s Paula Scher and her team have designed the identity and event graphics for Choice Works, a party and art auction to benefit Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Support from the event will help provide affordable or free reproductive health care to New Yorkers and fight to protect women’s rights in every state across the U.S.

The auction features artworks donated by leading artists including Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter, Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Richard Serra, Richard Prince, Ryan McGinley, Louise Lawler, Sarah Sze, Dana Schutz, Lisa Yuskavage, and many others. The event will be held at Sotheby’s in New York this Friday, May 15.

New Work: The New School

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Paula Scher has designed a new identity for The New School that utilizes a custom font with letterforms in three different widths.

The New School has been at the vanguard of innovation in higher education for almost a century. Founded in 1919, the progressive university in New York’s Greenwich Village now combines design thinking with varied areas of study: from liberal arts to performing arts, from global policy to social research. Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a new identity for The New School and its constituent institutions—Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, and Mannes School of Music, to name just a few—that reflects the university’s unique interdisciplinary approach.

Using custom typography, the identity establishes an iconic brand for The New School as a whole, while also setting apart the university’s different schools, institutes and programs. The identity introduces a groundbreaking bespoke typeface called Neue that is composed of extended letterforms. The typeface is revolutionary in its combination of regular, extended and very extended widths of the same font programmed together and used all at once. The typography embodies the progressive mission of The New School and represents a technological advance in the art of type design.