Paula Scher at Serious Play

Paula Scher will be a featured speaker at Serious Play, this year’s Art Center Design Conference. Taking place in Pasadena, California, 7-9 May, the conference will explore the role of play in business, the arts, science, storytelling and technology. Other presenters include Elizabeth Diller, John Maeda, Bruce McCall and David Macaulay, and Paula will also lead a studio session with Sean Adams. Registration info here.

Introducing the Black Book


Pentagram is pleased to announce the publication of the Black Book, a new 800-page overview of our recent work. The book is a compilation of over 400 projects from the last several years, arranged in alphabetical order, like a dictionary, and printed on Bible paper, like a Bible, complete with tabbed sections and ribbons for bookmarking. It covers pretty much everything we do, from architecture to graphics, buildings to websites, branding to signage, interiors, packaging, exhibitions, interfaces, furniture, products, brochures, magazines, and houses, all in simple picture-and-caption form.

CONTEST UPDATE: The Black Book giveaway contest is now closed. The 50 lucky winners will be contacted by email to confirm their information. We’ve had an overwhelming response—thanks to everyone for entering and for continuing to follow our work!

A look inside the Black Book after the jump.

Lisa Strausfeld at MIND08

Lisa Strausfeld will be a speaker at MIND08, the two-day symposium presented by Seed and the Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with “Design and the Elastic Mind,” the exhibition currently on view at MoMA. Curator Paola Antonelli will host presenters including Greg Lynn, Natalie Jeremijenko, Jessica Banks, Chuck Hoberman and Neri Oxman, among others. Thursday, 3 April and Friday, 4 April at MoMA and Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Tickets are free, but required for admission—register here.

Previously: Lisa Strausfeld in “Design and the Elastic Mind”

New Work: European Solidarity Center


As part of an international architecture competition sponsored by the city of Gdansk, Poland, Pentagram Architects has proposed a design for a European Solidarity Center (ESC) that would act as an international center of culture, housing a museum, temporary exhibition space and an academic research center. The project seeks to memorialize the organization Solidarity (Solidarno), the first non-communist trade union in a communist country founded in Gdansk in 1980. Solidarity was organized by workers from the Gdansk shipyard, the proposed site for the ESC, and was integral in helping establish the grassroots anti-communist social movement in Poland and subsequently, the rest of Europe.

James Biber’s team design, called the Interrex, celebrates the time between the end of one regime and the beginning of the next, a position Solidarity held in Poland in the late 90s as the government transitioned from communism to democracy. The proposal creates a literal space in the form of a massive covered gathering place below the building.

Abbott Miller Guests on This Week’s ‘Design Matters’

Abbott Miller will be the guest on Debbie Millman’s internet talk radio show Design Matters this Friday, 28 March at 3 pm EST. Tune in here for the live show and (later) the archived podcast.

Head Start


False Start, the new issue of 2wice designed by Abbott Miller, is noted in this week’s Village Voice. False Start presents a single performance by the choreographer Jonah Bokaer, arranged flipbook-like across 45 spreads. Check out an animated preview of the issue here.

Michael Bierut at @issue: Design and Business Conference


Michael Bierut is to speak at the @issue: Business and Design Conference slated for 29 April at the New York Times Building’s TheTimesCenter in New York City. Bierut will appear with New York Times VP David Thurm and Gensler principal Ed Wood to discuss the visual identity of the Times’ new headquarters, for which Pentagram designed the graphics, signage and wayfinding. Other conference speakers include Brian Walker, CEO of Herman Miller; Nancye Green, CEO of Waterworks; Joe Mansueto, CEO and founder of Morningstar; and Gael Towey, Chief Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; among others. Registration information here.

Together with the Corporate Design Foundation, Kit Hinrichs of Pentagram San Francisco and Hirasuna Editorial founded the journal @issue and continue to design and produce it as well as to organize the annual conference.

Michael Bierut, Michael Gericke and Paula Scher at the Museum of the City of New York

As part of its Spotlight on Design series, the Museum of the City of New York will host a discussion with Michael Bierut, Michael Gericke and Paula Scher about what it takes to design for institutions and corporations in one of the most visually competitive cities in the world. Museum curator Donald Albrecht moderates. Wednesday, 16 April from 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Tickets and information here.

On the Boards: ‘The Atlantic’

Michael Bierut’s upcoming redesign of the Atlantic Monthly is announced in the New York Post.


Andrew Romano of Newsweek’s Stumper blog interviews Michael Bierut about Barack Obama’s winning campaign graphics. “He’s the first candidate, actually, who’s had a coherent, top-to-bottom, 360-degree system at work,” says Bierut.