‘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.

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.

Radio Hyland Podcast Now Available

Adrian Shaughnessy’s forty-minute interview with Angus Hyland for Graphic Design on the Radio is now available to download.

Adrian and Angus play eight of Angus’ favourite songs and discuss his career and influences; from poring over Letraset and Mecanorma font catalogues as a schoolboy, to his education, career and outlook as a graphic designer; and finally his experiences as a Pentagram partner.

Michael Bierut’s Book Is ‘New York’ Approved

Michael Bierut’s Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design charts on the Approval Matrix in this week’s issue of New York magazine, sharing space—somewhere between “Highbrow” and “Brilliant”—with David Lynch’s Inland Empire, a Malcolm Lowry compendium and videos of artists’ Moleskine sketchbooks.

On the Map

Pentagram shows up on the itinerary for “Design Mavens” in “A Guide to Ten Different New Yorks” in this week’s issue of New York.

Lisa Strausfeld Profiled in ‘BusinessWeek’

Lisa Strausfeld is interviewed in BusinessWeek about her recent work, including her involvement in the Sugar UI and her upcoming projects for Gallup, and the “media-agnostic” approach to design. “I’ve always been interested in investigating structure, in architecture, software, information design—and the ways they connect,” says Strausfeld in the article. “Mastery in design used to be medium-specific. Now mastery can cut across different media.”

Lisa has also been selected as one of the magazine’s Cutting-Edge Designers 2007.

Bumper Crop

Michael Bierut critiques the campaign bumper stickers of the 2008 presidential candidates in the July 23 issue of Newsweek.

Olympic Trial

Michael Bierut and several other designers compared the controversial London 2012 logo with the proposed logos of other candidate cities including Paris, New York and Moscow in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday.

Michael Bierut to Speak on WNYC Radio

Michael Bierut will be a featured guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show this Thursday, 5 July. The show airs from noon to 2 pm, with Michael’s segment scheduled to begin at 1:20 pm. In the New York area, WNYC is broadcast at 93.9 FM and AM 820. Online listeners can tune in to the show here.

Update: Michael’s segment posted below.