Michael Bierut

Mad Men bench unveiled in New York

A bench made in honour of the US TV show Mad Men has been unveiled outside the Time & Life Building in New York, the fictional home of the show’s agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Designed by Pentagram, it features the unmistakably louche silhouette of ad man, Don Draper

Design Indaba 2015: Day one

Day one of creative conference Design Indaba featured a look at some bizarre and thought-provoking projects by emerging designers, Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey’s reflections on collaborative art and creating great visitor experiences, a How To of graphic design from Michael Bierut and a talk from The Workers, the London design studio behind Tate After Dark. Here are some of the highlights…

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual reissue

In 2012, a rare copy of the 1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual was discovered in the basement of Pentagram’s New York office – and, page by page, the whole thing was documented online at thestandardsmanual.com. Now, it is to be republished as a book – which you can pledge to buy via a Kickstarter page set up to raise funding for its production

Is that your reversed-stress face?

Since 1998, Pentagram’s Michael Bierut has been designing posters for the Yale School of Architecture’s series of lectures and exhibitions. The school’s autumn 2014 schedule has just been announced via this fine example, designed using the typeface Maelstrom

The Trends issue: Logo Design

Bill Gardner talks us through the hottest global trends in logo design this year, as compiled from thousands of submissions to his Logo Lounge website

Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014

Sad news reached CR from the US earlier today – the great designer and teacher Massimo Vignelli died this morning at the age of 83

Dear Massimo…

One of the world’s great designers, Massimo Vignelli, is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. His son Luca would like all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter

What’s On

CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Comics Unmasked at the British Library, What Design Can Do conference in Amsterdam, David Pearson’s book designs at Kemistry in London, CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, an evening of indie mag love with Printout in Bristol, and Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives in Denver…

To hell and back

On April 17, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York hosted its annual Maundy Thursday evening where guest readers take on passages from Dante’s Inferno. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut created the poster for the event

Design Indaba: Day 2

Day 2 of Design Indaba featured talks from Pentagram designer DJ Stout, South African photographers Zanele Muholi and Nandipha Mntambo and AlmapBBDO creative director Marcello Serpa…

Re-designing Lolita

New book Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl explores the challenges of creating a cover for Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel and features new interpretations from 80 graphic designers.

How Massimo Vignelli makes a book

As part of a new campaign for Mohawk Papers which asks ‘What will you make today?’ designer Massimo Vignelli explains how he makes a book. His discussion of the grid has been turned into an animated video by Pentagram

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