James Biber will present “2D/3D,” an AIGA/NY Small Talk taking place on Wednesday 6 February from 6:30-8:00. Biber will discuss the intersection between architecture and graphic design, his life at Pentagram, how he really feels about collaborating with graphic designers and what he considers to be the most influential movie about design ever made—and no, it’s not Helvetica. At the Bumble and bumble auditorium, 415 West 13th Street. Details here. THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.
Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton open their Baltimore home to Design Sponge.
New York’s first public pay toilet opened today in Madison Square Park. The exterior sports a poster designed by Paula Scher, featuring the identity she developed for the park. The toilet is self-cleaning and costs a quarter to use, and is conveniently located just across the park from Pentagram’s office.
Update: Brand Flakes for Breakfast finds its new favorite place to P.
In a video interview with The Atlantic, Michael Bierut talks about typography, including Stanley Kubrick’s favorite font, the cover design of The Catcher in the Rye, and the link between phototypesetting and Free Love.
The interview accompanies an article about typography by Virginia Postrel in this month’s issue.
Paula Scher has designed a new identity and promotional campaign for the New York City Ballet, one of the largest and most prominent dance companies in the world. The campaign, developed with Pentagram’s Lisa Kitschenberg and Luis Bravo of the NYCB, launches this week with the opening of the company’s winter season.
Luke Hayman will be speaking at the one day conference about magazine design Magazines are Dead! Long Live the Magazine! taking place in London on Friday 25 January. Sponsored by the St Bride Foundation, Hayman will be joined by Jeremy Leslie, editor of the blog magCulture, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers and Simon Esterson of Blueprint and Eye, amongst others.
In a front page article about the trend of using shopping bags as portable fashion, the New York Times slips a bag over the head of the “renowned graphic artist” who redesigned the Saks Fifth Avenue packaging. In a comparison with other luxury retailers, Saks comes out on top for giving its formerly “battleship gray bags a sleeker, black-and-white look and more durable feel.” The artist in question, renowned or not, is never identified.
Tomorrow night Glasshouse New York presents “Does Design Really Matter?,” a panel discussion with Paula Scher, David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group and Carl Johnson of Anomaly, moderated by Linda Tischler of Fast Company. Tuesday, 4 December from 6:30 pm at the Rockwell Group, 5 Union Square West in New York City. Tickets are $75. Registration here.