Designing London Design Week

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Monday night saw the opening of The London Design Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. The ceremony marked the beginning of one of the world’s great design events which, between the 17th and the 23rd of September, fills London with exhibitions, workshops, talks and private views. With branding and identity designed by Domenic Lippa, The London Design Festival’s organising committee is just one of the places you can see work by Pentagram partners during London’s celebration of design.


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Angus Hyland has designed the identity and brand architecture for 100% Design London, the UK’s largest trade fair for the design and architecture profession and one of the longest running events in the festival calendar.


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Harry Pearce has designed a poster with John Simmons as of part of 26 Posters, an installation for the festival organised by the writer’s advocacy organisation 26, which aims to demonstrate the power of language in design. The posters will be displayed at London’s Old Street and Elephant and Castle roundabouts, as well as on billboard sites in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

Pentagram will be holding an exhibition of posters from throughout the firm’s 35-year history on Thursday, 20 September at our London office in Notting Hill. Contact Leah Speakman for further enquiries.

Justus Oehler Designs for the Deutsche Kinemathek

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Justus Oehler and his team have designed posters, invitations, flyers and advertising for four recent exhibitions at the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum für Film und Fernsehen (the German Film and Television Museum) including the current exhibition about German filmmaker and photographer Ulrike Ottinger. Oehler also designed the museum’s identity and its bi-annual journal, Recherche Film und Fernsehen (RFF).

Ulrike Ottinger is internationally known as an experimental female filmmaker whose work is characterized by surrealistic-theatrical and stylized-artificial elements as well as by ethnological depictions of foreign places and people taken from her many travels through Europe, North America and particularly China and Mongolia. The exhibition is the first in a series that will highlight extraordinary German speaking filmmakers.

Update: Global Cities

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Angus Hyland’s posters for the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern have been appearing all over London in the city’s Tube stations. The exhibition is on display until 27 August.

More images and a selection of exhibition reviews after the jump.

‘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.

Lippa to Design Identity for London Design Festival

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Poster for this month’s press launch for the London Design Festival.

Domenic Lippa has been appointed to design the graphic identity for this year’s London Design Festival, taking place 15-25 September. He will be responsible for the development and art direction of all graphics to promote the festival, from books, brochures and signage, to posters and the festival website. The event will take place throughout the city at over 150 venues and is expected to attract an estimated 300,000 visitors. The first designs were introduced at the press launch for the festival earlier this month.

Additional pieces from the launch after the jump. Stay tuned for more work in the coming months.

Forever Young

Each year Michael Bierut designs a call for entries for the Young Architects Forum, the annual competition presented by the Architectural League of New York. This year marks the program’s 25th anniversary and the League celebrates with a retrospective of past winners and a gallery of Michael’s posters stretching all the way back to 1981.

New Work: New York Shakespeare Festival 2006

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War in the streets! And in the park! Paula Scher and Lenny Naar have designed the poster campaign for this summer’s New York Shakespeare Festival. This year’s productions are “Macbeth” and “Mother Courage and Her Children.” The campaign launches at the end of the month.

For completists, more iterations after the jump.

New Work: Architectural League of New York

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Poster for the Beaux Arts Ball 2006

Michael Bierut and Jena Sher have designed the poster and invitation for the Architectural League’s Beaux Arts Ball 2006. The theme of this year’s ball is “Dot Dot Dot.” (Not to be confused with this.)