New Work: Curry Stone Design Prize


Motion graphic of the Curry Stone Design Prize identity, produced for today’s awards reception at Google HQ.

Today the winner of this year’s Curry Stone Design Prize will be announced at a reception at Google headquarters in New York, timed to National Design Week. Founded in 2008 by architect Clifford Curry and his wife, H. Delight Stone, the Curry Design Prize highlights humanitarian innovation, honoring designs that improve people’s lives and the world. Each year up to four finalists are nominated for the award by an anonymous panel of global leaders in design and other disciplines, with the selected winner receiving a $100,000 grant. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut designed the prize identity, a play on the graceful curves of the C and S in the award’s name.

This year’s finalists for the Curry Stone Design Prize include ELEMENTAL, a Chilean design firm and self-described “Do Tank” led by architect Alejandro Aravena that has designed new public housing for Santiago’s Quinta Monroy shantytown; Maya Pedal, a nonprofit organization that invents and buildings “Bicimaquinas,” pedal-powered machines made from used bicycles that make tasks easier for rural residents with limited access to gas and electricity; and Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), an initiative led by Elizabeth Scharpf that works to address lack of access to feminine hygiene products in developing nations, most recently producing menstrual pads from locally sourced banana leaf fiber in Rwanda.

Update: Animated graphic announcing this year’s winner after the jump.

New Work: NYC Department of Design and Construction

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The City of New York works to contribute to the development of a healthier metropolis by providing new public spaces, making improvements for pedestrians and bicycles, and promoting healthier buildings. The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), responsible for civic projects including libraries, firehouses and senior centers, is a leader and advocate for a healthier city by design.

The DDC recently created a book to share the theory and strategy behind large civic achievements with architects, designers and planners for implementation on all manner of projects regardless of scale. Designed by Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and Shigeto Akiyama, Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design addresses the 21st-century health concerns of obesity and related chronic diseases and provides resources for the design community.

New Work: Max Lamb booklet

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Domenic Lippa and his team were commissioned by the London Design Festival and HSBC Private Bank to create a publication to celebrate the completion of a special piece by designer Max Lamb for the bank’s St James’s office.

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The publication charts the journey of the piece, a plaster bench called the Vermiculated Ashlar, from concept to completion. The Vermiculated Ashlar is to be installed at 78 St James’s Street.

New Work: ‘Chaos and Classicism’

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Following the chaos of World War I, European art turned away from avant-garde abstraction and looked for a “return to order,” a shift towards clean lines, classicism and—unsurprisingly, given the destruction of the first machine-age war—the depiction of the human figure intact. The result was an aesthetic of “clarity” that worked its way through a variety of ideals, from the High Modernism of the Bauhaus, to the fascism of Mussolini’s revived Roman Empire, to—most chillingly—the Aryanism of Nazi culture. The Guggenheim’s major fall exhibition, Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936, is the first in the United States to examine this international phenomenon. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has designed the exhibition graphics and catalogue for the show, which opened this weekend and remains on view through January 9, 2011.

Make a Joyful Woof

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Today marks the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the natural world. To celebrate, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York held its popular annual Blessing of the Animals yesterday. Churchgoers brought a menagerie of cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, turtles, guinea pigs, hamsters, macaws, swans, llamas, a goat, a peacock and even a camel to receive blessings from cathedral clergy. To help raise funds, Pentagram designed special t-shirts for the humans in attendance that read “Holy Cow!,” “Make a Joyful Woof” and “Make a Joyful Meow.” The graphics follow our identity for the Cathedral, using the custom font Divine. Judging by the raucous bleats and barks, all present had a heavenly good time.

New Work: MPA


Animation of the new MPA logo.

Readers of magazines today engage with their favorite publications on screen as often as on the printed page. Magazine content now extends across various platforms, including websites, tablets, smart phones, books, live events and more. To better reflect the growing ways—online and offline—that magazine content reaches consumers, the Magazine Publishers of America has changed its name to MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. Paula Scher has designed a new graphic identity to accompany the name change, which officially launches at the organization’s annual American Magazine Conference (AMC) on Monday, October 4, in Chicago.

The MPA is the industry association for multi-platform magazine companies. Founded in 1919, the organization represents approximately 225 domestic magazine media companies—including industry giants like Condé Nast, Time Inc. and Meredith—and more than 1,000 titles. The MPA name is well known and has been kept as initials in the new identity. It is now joined by a new tagline—“The Association of Magazine Media”—which describes the organization’s true scope. By adopting the well-established initials MPA as the organization’s formal name and dropping publishers from its tagline, MPA is underscoring the fact that magazine media content engages consumers across multiple platforms.

New Work: Fashion Fringe 2010

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Fashion Fringe is an annual competition for young British designers timed to coincide with London Fashion Week. The concept of Fashion Fringe was created in 2003 by Colin McDowell MBE in partnership with IMG Fashion. Since 2006 John Rushworth and his team at Pentagram have been working with Fashion Fringe—initially creating the identity and in subsequent years creating all of the graphics for the competition.

New Work: ‘Event Horizon’

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We’ve been feeling a little lonely since the figures of Event Horizon, this summer’s blockbuster public art installation in and around Madison Square Park, packed up and left town over a month ago. A new exhibition catalogue published by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and its Mad. Sq. Art program commemorates the visitation of Antony Gormley’s 31 life-size figures to the park and the rooftops of the surrounding buildings.

The book, produced in a limited edition, includes over 70 photographs by James Ewing of the installed sculptures and candid reaction shots of New Yorkers on the street encountering them for the first time. The book also features an original short story by Man Booker-prize nominated novelist Colm Tóibín and reflections by an array of New Yorkers, including NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, area restaurateur Danny Meyer, architects Deborah Berke and Hugh Hardy, and Pentagram’s own Paula Scher and Nazim Ali, superintendent of our building at 204 Fifth. Scher designed the book using the graphic identity she created for the exhibition and the park.

The limited edition catalogue goes on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, September 29. Get your copy here.

A look inside the book after the jump.

New Work: ‘Working the Room: Essays’ by Geoff Dyer

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Angus Hyland and Masumi Briozzo have designed the cover for Geoff Dyer’s collection of essays Working the Room published by Canongate. Alive with insight, delight and Dyer’s characteristic irreverence, this book offers a guide around the cultural maze, mapping a route through the worlds of literature, art, photography and music.

The collection spans ten years’ worth of essays from pieces on the photography of Martin Parr, the paintings of Turner and the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald to extensive personal articles.

The cover is quarter bound in blue and features a hand-drawn blue ink biro trompe l’oeil gallery with a maze on the back wall. The maze motif extends to the end papers.

New Work: ‘Better Homes and Gardens’

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Hitting newsstands this week, the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens is the first issue of the magazine newly refreshed by Luke Hayman and his team. Pentagram collaborated with Editor in Chief Gayle Goodson Butler, Executive Editor Kitty Morgan and Art Director Michael Belknap, who implemented the launch issue with his team.

The nation’s third largest magazine in paid circulation, Better Homes and Gardens has circulation of 7.6 million and a readership of 39 million. Founded in 1922, it is one of the “Seven Sisters” and has guided generations of women in the creation and enrichment of their lives, homes and families. The magazine is the flagship publication of Meredith, the country’s leading media and marketing company serving American women, and the Better Homes and Gardens brand extends to books, products, and television programming. Clean, classic and modern, the refresh is timed to the introduction of new features and designed to serve the magazine’s readers.