Michael Bierut, Paula Scher and ‘Helvetica’ at the Corcoran

Michael Bierut and Paula Scher will participate in a panel discussion at a screening of the documentary Helvetica at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Thursday, 13 September from 7 pm at the Corcoran, 500 Seventeenth Street NW in Washington, DC. Details here. THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Commercial runs of the film open at the ICA in London on 7 September and at the IFC Film Center in New York on 12 September. Updates here.

Paula Scher Creates Pincushion Eames Chair for Charity Auction

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Paula Scher has reinterpreted an Eames molded plywood chair as part of a Herman Miller-sponsored charity auction to raise money for the Peace House Foundation. Each of the eleven participating designers and design firms were given an Eames’ classic “potato chip chair” to modify. Paula’s contribution was inspired by a typeface she designed called Pincushion. “We wanted to think of the object as something soft that could be punctured, in this case, with large hatpins, giving it the feeling of a pincushion” she said. “In our expression, the chair becomes a purely visual, rather than a utilitarian object.” Other participants include Ayse Birsel, David Rockwell, Todd Oldham and Maharam. The chairs will be auctioned off at the Herman Miller National Design Center in New York on 22 August.

The Peace House Foundation is a U.S. based non-profit that is committed to educating children affected by the AIDS pandemic in East Africa.

Paula Scher’s Sketchbook


Moleskine notebook with illustrations by Paula Scher.

Earlier this summer Paula Scher participated in Detour, an exhibition at the Art Directors Club in New York presented by Moleskine. The exhibition featured 70 Moleskine notebooks filled by various designers, architects, artists and writers. The raison d’être for the exhibition was to introduce the new Moleskine City Notebooks, announce the launch of the accompanying Cityblog and raise money for the non-profit foundation Lettera 27. Now Moleskine has posted video of the participants paging through their books. Paula’s is filled with 14 whimsical fonts she drew while on an airplane and sitting by the sea in Jamaica. Other participants included Dave Eggers, Cynthia Rowley, Lou Reed, Terence Conran, Tom Sachs, Carin Goldberg and Yves Behar. A tour of the notebooks is possibly in the works.

New Work: P.O.V.

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Different standardized “O” patterns create flexibility within the identity.

Paula Scher and Julia Hoffmann have designed a new graphic identity for P.O.V., the award-winning documentary film series on PBS. The launch of the new identity is timed to the program’s twentieth anniversary season that begins on June 19.

‘A Talent for Approval’

An article in today’s New York Sun goes behind the scenes of the Art Commission of the City of New York, the city’s design review board, of which Paula Scher is a commissioner. The piece credits the city’s current economic boom, and the support of Mayor Bloomberg, for the resurgence of the commission that “may be at its most influential since the early 20th century.”

‘Free Love’ in the Park

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Paula Scher and Lenny Naar spread some love in the posters for the 2007 New York Shakespeare Festival. The campaign promoting this year’s productions, “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” to be performed alfresco in Central Park, starts going up this week.

Multiple positions after the jump.

Paula Scher Is 2007 National Design Awards Finalist

Paula Scher has been selected as a finalist in the Communications Design section of this year’s National Design Awards presented by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She was previously a finalist in 2005.

Scenes From a Blog

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Op-Art from The New York Times, 5 April 2007.

Paula Scher diagrams the verbal jousting in the life cycle of a blog thread in the Op-Ed page of today’s New York Times.

Paula Scher at FUSE Conference

Paula Scher will be a keynote speaker at the 11th annual FUSE: Brand Identity and Package Design conference, presented by the Institute for International Research. Paula will deliver the closing speech, “Branding Without Blanding.” The conference runs Monday to Wednesday, 16 to 18 April at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, New York. Registration info here.

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.