Quick Link: How the Guggenheim Got Its Visual Identity
The Brooklyn Nets returned to the Barclays Center this weekend for their first home games of the 2013-2014 season. In the short year since the 18,000-seat arena opened, it has become the top-selling venue in the US (and number two in the world) and a symbol of the resurgent borough. In addition to being the home of the Nets, Barclays is now home to the NHL New York Islanders, and has hosted concerts by artists like the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, and Paul McCartney and events like 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The arena has been honored with the Building Brooklyn Award for Economic Development from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, named Architizer’s Building of the Year and given the AIA New York State Award of Merit, and this week the Municipal Arts Society will recognize it as a “Neighborhood Catalyst” in their 2013 MASterworks Awards.
The distinctive design of the Barclays Center has played a major role in its appeal. The iconic architecture of the building, designed by SHoP Architects and Ellerbe Becket (now part of AECOM), has become an instant landmark at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have designed a program of signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics for the arena that reflect its one-of-a-kind character. Working closely with the architects and the arena developer, Forest City Ratner Companies, Bierut and his designers have created graphics that are seamlessly integrated with the interior architecture and convey a tough, friendly spirit, a lot like Brooklyn itself.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the National Theatre in London invited five internationally renowned graphic designers to each create a poster that represents one of the NT’s five decades. Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed a poster that features custom typography inspired by the NT’s original home at the Old Vic. Other participating designers include David Carson, Michael Craig-Martin, Graphic Thought Facility and Jamie Reid. Each of the 20″ x 30″ (508mm x 762mm) signed prints has been published in a limited edition of 200 and is available for purchase at “Shopping and E*ting,” a special pop-up shop at the NT’s home on the South Bank, as well as online. Scher’s design is also available as a greeting card and tote bag. The pop-up launches today and remains open through 12 January.
Project Team: Paula Scher, partner-in-charge and designer; Jeff Close, designer.
Over the past year the lobby of the Public Theater has been transformed into one of New York’s most vibrant and welcoming spaces for theatergoers. As part of a major renovation by Ennead Architects, Pentagram’s Paula Scher has created a program of environmental graphics for the space that integrates her iconic identity for the Public into the architecture of the theater itself.
The renovation opened last fall, but the graphics program was initially incomplete as elements have been gradualy installed throughout the season. The major work on the lobby is now complete, and Scher and her team continue to put finishing touches on other parts of the project.
A new banner floats over the hazy days of summer at Pentagram’s New York studio, continuing the long-running tradition of typographic flags on our façade at 204 Fifth Avenue. Designed by Michael Bierut and team, this season’s model squeezes our name into a 6 ft by 12.5 ft field, with the custom lettering stretched long and tall on one side, wide and stacked on the other.
The 2013 Luminato Festival opened in Toronto this past weekend for the start of a 10-day celebration of music, theater, dance, visual arts, literature and film. Launched in 2007, Luminato has grown into one of the largest arts festivals in North America; in its short six years, the event has commissioned 66 new works of art and featured 7,500 artists from 40 countries, highlighting Toronto as a cultural capital. Luminaries scheduled to appear at this year’s festival include the musicians Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson, performance artist Marina Abramovic, choreographer Mark Morris, architects Liz Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, and filmmaker Atom Egoyan, among many others.
Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Hamish Smyth have designed a colorful new identity for Luminato that captures the vibrancy of the festival and its programming. The designers worked closely with Luminato Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt, CEO Janice Price, and Mary Ann Farrell, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, on the project. To implement the identity, Pentagram collaborated with a group of Toronto-based creative partners that included Cosmic Design, who produced all the final artwork for advertising, brochures and other promotions, and Lunch, who designed and built the new Luminato website.
Pentagram’s Paula Scher has designed her 19th season campaign for Shakespeare in the Park. After almost two decades, we’re allowed to make a few mistakes. Introducing The Comedy of
srorrE Errors and evoL Love’s Labour Lost.
Pecha Kucha, which roughly translates to “chit-chat” in Japanese, is a creative speaking event that originated in Tokyo. The unique format, a kind of speed-dating version of a TED talk, requires each of 10 guest speakers to develop their presentations within the strict parameters of 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. The slides are set on a timer out of the control of the presenters, so the cumulative effect of 10 short presentations, just over six minutes each, leads to a fast and furious evening of entertainment and creative inspiration.
Pecha Kucha was originally brought to Austin by Herman Dyal and Carla Fraser, and Pentagram Austin partner DJ Stout and Lana McGilvray became the directors in 2011. Three or four of the events are organized every year, and to date there have been 16 Pecha Kucha evenings in Austin, with number 17 on the way this Thursday, April 18th. McGilvray and Stout took the helm at PK 10 and for that program Stout and designer Stu Taylor designed a poster that was given away at the event. The two Pentagrammers continued to design posters for every Pecha Kucha evening after that and have now created a series of eight collectible posters. All of the posters have been silkscreen printed by Tony Diaz of Industry Print Shop, who just happens to be one of the 10 guest speakers at the upcoming PK 17.