Second Mural Installed at Queens Metropolitan Campus


With over 1 million immigrant residents, Queens, New York is the most diverse county in the United States and possibly the most diverse place on Earth. For her second painting at the Queens Metropolitan Campus, a new public high school in Forest Hills, Paula Scher has created a mural of the area in 20 languages—from Spanish, Polish and Russian to Korean, Hebrew and Hindi—that are spoken by Queens residents.

The mural is the second of a pair that fill two solariums at the campus, which includes Queens Metropolitan High School and the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School. Both murals were commissioned by the NYC Department of Education and the NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools program, in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program. Like the first mural, the new installation combines Scher’s twin loves of map painting and environmental design to create a vibrant, sprawling landscape of names, languages and typography.

New Work: National Museums Liverpool


Pentagram won an open competition to design the brand identity for the Museum of Liverpool, which is set to open in summer 2011. The project is the largest newly built museum in the UK for over a hundred years and is the world’s first “national” museum devoted to the history of a regional city.

New Work: Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Gala


Tonight the Art Directors Club will induct the 2010 class of its Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony in New York. Founded in 1971, the Hall of Fame honors innovators who have made significant contributions to art direction and visual communication. The Hall of Fame membership represents a “who’s who” of design and advertising and is meant to serve as an inspiration to the creative community.

The graphic identity for this year’s Hall of Fame gala, exhibition and “Festival of Fame” speaker series has been designed by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2003, and Joe Marianek, a winner of this year’s ADC Young Guns 8. The identity, which is entirely typographic, features Carter Sans, a new typeface designed by Matthew Carter, one of this year’s Hall of Fame laureates and the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur “genius” grant. (Carter will be speaking at the ADC with fellow laureate Christoph Niemann next Tuesday, November 9.)

New Work: ‘The Power of Pro Bono’


Given the challenging economic climate our public institutions have faced in recent years, pro bono design projects can make a remarkable difference for the communities they serve. At the same time, these projects can have an incredible effect on the architects and designers who work on them. The Power of Pro Bono is a new book that documents the benefits of pro bono in case studies of 40 architectural projects, told from the perspective of both the architects and clients. Produced by Public Architecture, an organization that puts the resources of architecture in the public interest, and published by Metropolis Books, the book demonstrates architecture as social act: pro bono projects give architects an opportunity to contribute to their communities, build relationships with clients, and teach nonprofit and philanthropic leaders the value of good design.

Pentagram has a longstanding commitment to pro bono service, and The Power of Pro Bono was itself designed pro bono by Paula Scher and her team. The book’s projects include schools, housing, community centers, clinics, gardens, and galleries designed by a range of firms including SHoP Architects, Morphosis, Perkins+Will and HOK. One of the case studies highlights the L!brary Initiative, the program, supported by the Robin Hood Foundation, that engages architects to create new or renovated libraries in NYC public schools and features environmental graphics designed by Pentagram. Each of the book’s case studies presents testimonials from the architect and client who collaborated on the project, helping to encourage formalized commitments for pro bono design work and demonstrating that pro bono is good business.

A look inside the book after the jump.

Preview: ‘Modern British Sculpture’


Following his work for the Royal Academy’s Anish Kapoor exhibition at the end of last year, Harry Pearce has been asked to create the identity for the academy’s forthcoming Modern British Sculpture exhibition, which opens on 22 January 2011. The exhibition is the first in 30 years to examine 20th-century British sculpture and features work from the likes of Barbara Hepworth and Damien Hirst.

New Work: National Journal Group


If you work on Capitol Hill you know National Journal, and starting this week you’ll notice some changes. Today National Journal Group launches a Pentagram-designed suite of publications—in print and online—including National Journal, National Journal Daily, National Journal Hotline and The publications focus on delivering nonpartisan political reporting to an influential audience in DC and nationwide. The launch comes at an important time as editor-in-chief Ron Fournier and editorial director Ron Brownstein introduce the redesigned Group to an energized, newly competitive world of political media in the nation’s capital. National Journal Group, an Atlantic Media company, is led by publisher Justin B. Smith for whom Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and Michael Bierut redesigned The Atlantic magazine in 2008.

Tasked with streamlining the publications as a cohesive brand, Hayman and Bierut began by unifying the group of publications by name, including National Journal in each title, and by designing new logos that are robust, authoritative and clean. The redesigned suite presents a more contemporary look and feel while maintaining the brand’s premium, well-respected reputation. The unified brand allows the Daily to better evoke the gravitas of the Journal, and the Journal to command the urgency of the Daily.

New Work: ‘Structure of Light’ for Yale Architecture


Thanks to Diddy, our posters for the Yale School of Architecture have been in the spotlight. Michael Bierut and his team have been designing the series of posters—over 70 to date—for the past dozen years. The latest, issued earlier this month, was created for Yale Architecture’s symposium “Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture.” Kelly was a lighting designer known for his collaborations with modernist architects including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Louis I. Kahn and Philip Johnson. The poster uses the series’ simple design parameters—black, white and type—to make the symposium title, set in Hoefler & Frere-Jones’s Tungsten, look like architecture emerging from the dark.

Michael Bierut’s original sketch for the poster after the jump.

Making the Case for Loyola Law School


Loyola Law School, with its vintage Frank Gehry-designed campus in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and its focus on social justice and ethics, is unlike any other law school. So when Pentagram’s DJ Stout and his team in the Austin office were given the challenge to design a new admissions brochure for LLS they took the opportunity to create a unique kind of viewbook for the university.

“When we first met with Dean Victor Gold, dean of the law school, he quickly, and very convincingly, ticked off the top ten reasons why Loyola Law School is a great choice for a potential law student,” says Stout. “So in a sense he was making the case for Loyola the way that a seasoned lawyer would do it. He sold me on the place right away and that gave me the idea for the new viewbook right then and there.”

New Work: ‘Fashioning Fashion’


The birth of the modern fashion industry can be found in the exacting tailoring and structural innovations of clothesmaking in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a new exhibition that traces fashion’s aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I, through transformations of the fashionable silhouette and evolutions in textiles, techniques and trimmings. The show is one of three inaugural exhibitions at LACMA’s new Resnick Pavilion designed by Renzo Piano, and since opening earlier this month has emerged as the “sleeper hit” of the fall season. The exhibition remains on view through March 6, 2011.

Designed by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller, the Fashioning Fashion exhibition catalogue highlights the amazing structures and luxurious details of the garments. Like the exhibition, the book has been divided into four sections: Timeline, Textiles, Tailoring, and Trim. The book juxtaposes lush close-ups of the astonishingly well-preserved garments with images of the complete costumes on mannequins like those seen in the exhibition. The catalogue features a preface by John Galliano, a contemporary designer notably inspired by period dress.

New Work: Budgens and Londis Wines


In the latest release of work for Musgrave Retail Partners GB own brand ranges Harry Pearce and his team have designed the labels for Budgens and Londis wines.

The team have strived to create a unique visual language for this own brand wine range, self-confident and not aping any other brand. Each country of origin is identified with an individual style using a paired down elegant approach, and a simple colour palette.