‘2wice’ Featured in ‘The New York Times’

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The latest issue of 2wice designed by Abbott Miller was featured in The New York Times on Saturday. Titled Green World: Merce Cunningham, the issue is devoted to the work of the famed choreographer as it captures, through the stunning photography of Katherine Wolkoff, Cunningham’s troupe as they perform in the gardens of the Italian Renaissance-inspired Vizcaya mansion in Miami.

Street Fashion by Pentagram

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New York Fashion Week tent graphics designed by Pentagram.

Wrapping up in New York’s Bryant Park: Pentagram’s graphics for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Using a classic axonometric map of Manhattan, Michael Bierut and Jennifer Kinon created invitations, t-shirts, banners and, of course, graphics for the event’s signature tents.

‘Helvetica’ Opens in New York

Helvetica, the acclaimed documentary by Gary Hustwit about the ubiquitous typeface that features interviews with Michael Bierut and Paula Scher, amongst others, opens today at the IFC Center in New York. The film is also running at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London through 27 September.

Selected reviews after the jump.

‘Seventy-Nine Short Essays’ Very Short-Listed

Michael Bierut’s Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design has been recommended by Very Short List. “If your main exposure to the world of graphic design consists of swapping between Arial and Helvetica in Microsoft Word, then you need to read Michael Bierut,” says VSL.

Department of Cultural Affairs

Pentagram’s work for New York cultural institutions is the focus of an article in today’s New York Sun. “When an arts institution in New York wants to reinvent or reinforce its image, very often the artistic or marketing director’s first move is to pick up the phone and call a partner at Pentagram,” writes Kate Taylor.

Montauk Residence Wins American Architecture Award

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The Montauk Residence, designed by James Biber and his team, has won an American Architecture Award for distinguished buildings. Sponsored by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the award is co-presented annually by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and Abitare magazine to 35 new buildings either located in the United States or built abroad by American architects. The award serves to identify “the new cutting-edge design direction, urban philosophy, design approach, style and intellectual substance in American architecture today.”

Images of the award-winning projects can be found at the Chicago Athenaeum website.

Paula Scher on ‘Brand America’

In a video interview with Monocle, Paula Scher talks to editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé about the brand identity of the United States. “We were in a face off with the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and we didn’t change our rhetoric once we didn’t have a big global power confronting us, so we talk to everybody like we’re talking to big global superpowers all the time and we really have to tone down the volume,” says Scher. In the wide-ranging discussion, she touches on the graphic beauty of the Stars and Stripes, the enduring image of the Statue of Liberty (“The nice lady holding up the torch—what could be more welcoming and comforting?”), the future of the media, and why she’d love to redesign the experience of air travel.

The interview complements an essay by Scher that appears in the magazine’s current issue.

One Laptop Per Child Wins INDEX: Award

INDEX, a non-profit organization based in Copenhagen whose mission is to support design that substantially improves human life, has presented One Laptop Per Child with a prestigious INDEX: Award. Every two years, one award is given in each of five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play and Community. OLPC won in the Community category, as the jury surmised: “Without a computer-literate population, developing countries will continue to struggle to compete in a rapidly evolving, global information economy.” Pentagram developed the laptop’s interface and designed the organization’s identity and website.

Paula Scher Designs Templates for Download from HP

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Today Hewlett-Packard launches a new website featuring Paula Scher, Jake Burton and Gwen Stefani as part of its $300 million Print 2.0 campaign designed to inspire and empower customers with free customizable, printable content. For her part, Scher designed five business templates, including letterhead, envelopes, business cards and notecards, that provide users with a complete graphics package. Named Bold, Modern, Edgy, Elegant and Friendly, the templates were designed to appeal to a diverse array of businesses and personality types. Two templates, Friendly and Modern, are available for download today, with the others being added over the next few weeks.

The site also features an interview with Scher in which she speaks about how to build a successful brand identity. “The characteristic that matters for every good brand is that you look like you made your decisions based on who you are for specific reasons, not that they were accidental,” she says. “A small business should ask itself who its customer is, who are they talking to. They should think about how to present themselves and what their tone of voice should be.” Shot in Pentagram’s New York office, the interview is accompanied by commentary about some of her most celebrated designs.

“No template is a substitute for hiring a professional designer,” warns Scher, and indeed at Scher’s suggestion the HP site includes a prominent link to the AIGA designer directory. “But at the very least, I hope we can stop a few innocent people out there from using Comic Sans.”

Rounding out the site’s content, Jake Burton offers advice on how to produce a successful marketing campaign and the importance of a strong visual brand, while Gwen Stefani offers customizable Harajuku-inspired paper dolls, party invites and CD covers.

Views of the templates in action after the jump.

Home ‘Invasion’

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Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton’s Baltimore home was used as a setting for The Invasion, the new, not entirely successful remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The Miller-Lupton home doubled as the residence of the protagonist, Dr. Carol Bennell, played by Nicole Kidman. Ellen Lupton wrote about the experience of having a Hollywood set decorator overtake her home on her blog, Design Your Life.

Room snatching after the jump.