Joe Designer

Joe Marianek, a member of Michael Bierut’s team in our New York office, is one of the 20 young (under 30 y.o.) designers selected by Print magazine for its 2007 New Visual Artists review.

Biber, Bierut and Scher Talk for IIDA/NY

If all politics is local, then all design is identity: As part of the IIDA/NY’s Pioneering Design Series, three Pentagram partners—James Biber, Michael Bierut and Paula Scher—will talk about how they create identities for buildings, build identities for clients and generally cope with their individual identity crises. Thursday, 22 March from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the New School, 66 West 12 Street in New York. More info here. THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

‘Kink’ at the Museum of Sex


Pentagram has designed the exhibition graphics for “Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination,” the new exhibition opening today at the Museum of Sex. The show has been curated by Katharine Gates, the noted sex academic, whose “erotic roadmap” has been adapted by Michael Bierut and Jennifer Kinon into an interactive “playground” for the exhibition. (A companion book from ex-publisher Judith Regan has been canceled. Daily News, third item.)

The revamped roadmap after the jump. Exhibition pics coming soon!

Abbott Miller at ‘Body/Language’

Abbott Miller will be a speaker at “Body/Language,” an AIGA/NY conference about fashion and graphic design. Other featured speakers include Isaac Mizrahi, Andy Spade, Ruth Ansel and Paul Boudens. Saturday, 24 March at the French Institute, New York City. Registration information here.

New Work: One Laptop Per Child


Pentagram has designed the identity and website for One Laptop per Child, the non-profit organization with the goal of providing laptop computers to all children in developing nations.

The identity is a hieroglyph, designed to be universally understood, that utilizes the icons of the OLPC laptop interface, also developed by Pentagram. The website design employs these symbols as the basis for navigation. Each icon leads to a corresponding section of information: the laptop to a section about hardware and software, the arrow to a section about participation, and so on. The site launched in English but is currently being translated into many languages.

Identity design by Michael Gericke and Dimitris Stefanidis; website design by Lisa Strausfeld, Christian Marc Schmidt, Nina Boesch and Takaaki Okada. Site development by Nurun.

Luke 1:29

Luke Hayman, William Russell and Abbott Miller

Pentagram welcomed its newest partner, Luke Hayman, with a party at its New York studio on Monday, 29 January. Friends, family, designers, writers, architects, illustrators and New York-ers gathered to celebrate.

Saks on the Grid

From New York, February 5 issue. Click for full chart

Our packaging for Saks Fifth Avenue lands on the Approval Matrix in this week’s issue of New York magazine—in the vicinity of “Highbrow” and “Brilliant.”

Woody Pirtle: ‘Visually Speaking’


The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, presents “Woody Pirtle: Visually Speaking,” a retrospective of work by the artist, designer and Pentagram partner emeritus. The exhibition opened 21 January and remains on view through 25 February, with a reception and lecture on Thursday, 1 February. Details, including a video interview with Woody, here.

New Work: The Doomsday Clock


Pentagram has updated the image of the Doomsday Clock, the graphic symbol of the world’s proximity to nuclear annihilation. The clock is the emblem of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the advocacy group formed in 1945 by scientists from the Manhattan Project. The redesign, developed by Michael Bierut and Armin Vit, coincides with the group’s decision to move the clock forward from seven to five minutes before midnight, or metaphorical doomsday. The move forward reflects the increasing availability of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the two-minute move forward today.


Luke Hayman comments on the much anticipated redesign of Time magazine, in this week’s issue of the New York Observer. Originally announced as launching in January, the redesign should now appear before spring. “There will be a significant change at one time, but it is also going to evolve over time,” says Luke.