The new fall season brings a new series of events to the Yale School of Architecture and a new typographic poster by Michael Bierut. The poster uses 58 different kinds of arrows to point the way to fall programming that includes lectures by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, a symposium on the lighting designer Richard Kelly and exhibitions on Kelly and the architect James Stirling.
Project Team: Michael Bierut, partner-in-charge and designer; Britt Cobb, designer.
Last night’s opening performance was unfortunately rained out, but this year’s season of Shakespeare in the Park is set to present powerful productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino as Shylock. Paula Scher has designed the festival’s promotional campaign, currently going up on buses and in subways and train stations all over the city. Unlike recent past seasons, which featured a pair of plays staged separately in the early and late summer, this year’s plays are being presented in repertory throughout the season. Scher’s campaign focuses on the evocative language in both plays, pulling lines from each to meet in a dimensional explosion of words and typography.
This is Scher’s 16th year designing the campaign; she designed her first poster for Shakespeare in the Park in 1994.
More images from this year’s campaign after the jump.
The jury of the 2nd Chicago International Poster Biennial convenes this weekend and the Second City will be celebrating with a series of poster-related events. Paula Scher is serving as the chair of the biennial jury and has designed the official biennial poster, an op-art rendition of the number two inspired by a rolled poster. Jury Weekend programming includes an exhibition of works by the members of the jury; a charity auction of dresses printed with iconic posters by the jury designers (including Scher’s “Best of Jazz” poster); a screening of “Freedom on the Fence,” a new documentary about the history of Polish posters; and lectures by legendary poster designers Rafal Olbinski and Takashi Akiyama. The winning posters in the juried competition will go on public display later this summer.
Harry Pearce and Justus Oehler have designed posters for The Haiti Poster Project, which are on sale now in aid of Doctors Without Borders. The overall goal is to reach a donation level of $1 million (USD). Designers around the world were approached to create limited edition posters in quantities of 25 to 100. Apart from the money donated the goal of increasing social awareness and to highlight the role design can play in conveying important messages.
Pearce describes his work as simply trying to capture the weight of the sadness. “A city as a body beneath a sheet. It’s still, silent and the plain facts say it all.” The image of the lettering beneath the sheet was photographed by Richard Foster and the printing was kindly donated by Gavin Martin.
Oehler based his design on seismographs. Just as Haiti was suddenly shaken by the tremors, the word Haiti is also disrupted. “I used my fountain pen to write the word Haiti disturbed by fierce seismographic squiggles.” The simple text beneath the disruption encourages the viewer to ‘Help Rebuild Haiti!’.
The signed posters are available for sale through The Haiti Poster Project and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
In 1968, the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown took a group of their students from the Yale School of Architecture on an expedition to Las Vegas to study the realities of contemporary American architecture. What they discovered, and documented, was spontaneous, messy, and commercial, built for cars and big signs. The resulting manifesto, Learning From Las Vegas, written with Steven Izenour and published in 1972, helped shift the focus of American architectural thought away from rigid Modernism to more varied points of view. Tonight Venturi and Scott Brown will present the keynote address at “Architecture After Las Vegas,” a major symposium on the legacy of this seminal work. The conference coincides with the exhibition What We Learned: The Yale Las Vegas Studio and the Work of Venturi Scott Brown & Associates, on view at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery through 5 February. “We may need these two architects as much now as ever,” declared New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff in his review of the show.
Michael Bierut and Yve Ludwig extend Pentagram’s series of posters for Yale Architecture, now in its twelfth year, with one that, like all the others, is primarily typographic and entirely black and white—but with a Rat Pack twist. Download a copy here.
Paper Architecture: Posters by Michael Bierut opens at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture tomorrow, Thursday, 5 November. The exhibition is the first devoted to Bierut’s poster design and features 28 works from 1983 to the present for clients including the Architecture League of New York, the Yale School of Architecture, the New York State Council for the Arts and the University of Cincinnati. Bierut and his team are currently designing the environmental graphics for Syracuse’s Connective Corridor project linking the university to downtown. The exhibition is on view at Syracuse Architecture’s Slocum Hall Gallery through January 22.
In September the Architectural League of New York relocated to a new home at 594 Broadway in Soho. And it’s not stopping there: to celebrate the move, the League is staging its fall programs and events all over town. Michael Bierut and Jennifer Kinon’s poster for the fall season uses the event locations to create a typographic map inspired by Don Page’s design for the 1969 Plan for New York and the utopian typography of Paolo Soleri. Download a PDF of the poster here.
Harry Pearce and Jason Ching have designed a series of posters for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime that highlight the relative merits of drug treatment and rehabilitation around the world. The posters are a training tool specifically aimed at the Russian police, whose country has a particularly poor track record in drug treatment. The posters had to be eye-catching, easy to absorb and not reliant on language. The typographic solution built a simple world map from internationally recognised country abbreviation codes (GB, US, RU, etc). Eight variants were then designed, using colour coding and icons to provide comparative statistics around drug abuse, the incidence of HIV, Methadone and opioid maintenance therapies, and needle and syringe programmes.
Harry previously designed a series of mugs for the initiative.
A look at the posters after the jump.