2wice Launches New iPad App and Website

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2wice, the visual and performing arts journal, has always provided an alternative performance space for dance, one that had the advantage of being a permanent record of this most ephemeral art form. Now 2wice has published its first iPad app, “Merce Cunningham Event,” a tribute to the legendary choreographer (1919-2009) that combines live-action video, interviews and historic dance photography originally developed in collaboration with Cunningham. The app is available for free downloads through iTunes, building upon Cunningham’s lifelong interest in using technology to present dance in new ways.

Download the free iPad app from iTunes

New Work: Change for Kids

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Dedicated to empowering students, the educational charity Change for Kids is itself undergoing a transformation in a smart new identity designed by Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and team.

Change for Kids partners with New York City schools to help give underserved students the resources they need to succeed. The non-profit organization was inspired by the struggle of kindergarten teachers at P.S. 243 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, who in the schools’ 1993-1994 budget were given only $12.43 per student to cover the cost of school supplies—books, pencils, paper, art materials and visual aids—for the entire school year. Realizing that even a small amount of money had the potential to make a big difference, the founders of Change for Kids established a trust to provide supplies for the students and began supporting the school in 1997. Change for Kids now sponsors 2,500 students in four New York City public schools: P.S. 243 in Brooklyn, P.S. 73 in the Bronx, P.S. 154 in Harlem, and P.S. 160 in Queens. The organization commits to the schools for the long-term and has expanded its mission to include programs in literacy, arts, music, fitness and nutrition.

Abbott Miller’s Ink Collection Wins at NeoCon

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Abbott Miller’s Ink Collection of wallcoverings for KnollTextiles has been honored with a Best of NeoCon® award, presented at this year’s NeoCon® at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The collection won a silver in the wall treatments category of the competition. NeoCon® is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors.

The Ink Collection uses liquid movement as a point of departure for three highly graphic wall covering patterns, Drip, Drop and Run. The series was inspired by Miller’s experimentation with a single drop of ink that yielded drops, branch-like forms, and loosely formed letters. Ink is designed for commercial and institutional applications, like hotels and schools, but may also be used in crossover applications like private residences.

The Ink Collection is one of 72 contract furnishing products to be honored in The Best of NeoCon®, selected from a field of 325 entries submitted in 40 categories of the competition. The awards are sponsored by Contract magazine, Merchandise Mart Properties, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and McMorrowReport.com. The Best of NeoCon® jury is composed of 45 corporate, government and institutional facilities management executives, interior designers and architects.

Introduced earlier this year, Ink is Miller’s second collection for KnollTextiles, following the highly successful Grammar wallcovering series he designed in 2006.

Paula Scher Inducted into ‘Hall of Femmes’ in New Book

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Pentagram’s Paula Scher is the subject of a new volume in the “Hall of Femmes” book series honoring female graphic design legends. Produced by Swedish design duo Hjärta Smärta and published by Oyster Press, the book is constructed as a long interview with Scher covering four decades of her career, from her days as an art director at CBS Records in the 1970s to recent work designing prominent identities for Citibank, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Opera and Bausch + Lomb and large-scale environmental graphics for Bloomberg and the Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn.

Scher’s is the fourth book in the series following entries on Ruth Ansel, Lillian Bassman and Carin Goldberg. The book is available for order from Dashwood Books in New York and Amazon.

A peek inside the book after the jump.

New NYC Parks Signage Makes a Splash at City Pools

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New Yorkers are cooling off today as the city’s public pools officially open for the summer season. Our new signage for NYC Parks makes its first splash at nine pools, including Mullaly Pool in the Bronx, where the city celebrated the official opening of the season this morning, and at the Floating Pool Lady, the pool-on-a-barge at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx. The program will be installed at additional locations as park upgrades are made.

Designed by Paula Scher, the signage replaces the existing disparate signs and posted information (as seen in the image at the end of this post) into a cohesive modular system. The signs also feature our new identity for the NYC Parks system, with a modernized version of the Parks leaf.

Dive in! But only in designated areas, of course.