Michael Bierut

What would the designer say?

Suffering from designer’s block? Well, The Designer Says might be the answer – it’s a small book packed full of musings from some of the industry’s finest

Is the ‘worm’ going to Mars?

It was on screen for just a second. But there it was in red on white. During the coverage of space tourist Dennis Tito’s announcement to take a ship to Mars and back, the above graphic leapt out at me. Could the NASA ‘worm’ be coming back into service?

Do the Green Thing posters

Over the next month, environmental charity Do the Green Thing is set to release 23 posters encouraging people to take action, designed by a range of creatives from Patrick Cox, Pete Fowler and Sophie Thomas, to several designers from Pentagram’s UK and US offices

Billboard redesign by Pentagram

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and team have redesigned the US music industry magazine Billboard, giving it a new identity and issuing a complete overhaul of its pages

Thanks, But No Thanks

Thanks, But No Thanks was an exhibition of rejected work by designers and illustrators organised by two Kingston students, Alex Brown and Ben West. All the work was either rejected by a client or internally by the studio or illustrator, for various reasons. The work was exhibited in London during May 2012 and then auctioned […]

Pretty ugly

In 2007, CR’s Patrick Burgoyne wrote a piece for the magazine headlined The New Ugly. In it he suggested the emergence of a new wave of graphic design that knowingly broke the rules in an attempt to seize the attention of jaded audiences and respond to young readers. This month sees the publication of a new book, Pretty Ugly, that documents the work of a group of designers who share many of the attributes and aspirations noted in CR’s original piece. Patrick Burgoyne talks to the book’s editors, Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio of TwoPoints.Net, about where this movement has
come from and what its legacy may be…

A timely identity for Grand Central’s 100th year

Pentagram has designed the logo for next year’s 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal in New York, based on the Tiffany clock above the information desk and informal meeting point. The time shown provides the “ah” moment of the identity

Dublin’s inspirational OFFSET festival 2012

Summarising a design conference as rich as last weekend’s OFFSET in Dublin in a single blog post is something of a tall order. Speakers included Stefan Sagmeister, Seymour Chwast, Von, and Friends With You – and that was just day one…

Typo London to return in autumn

The Typo London conference, which launched last year, is to return to London in October, taking ‘authenticity’ as its theme. What would you like to see from this year’s event?

OFFSET 2012

This is the view that awaits the likes of Paula Scher and Michael Bierut from Pentagram, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Seymour Chwast, Erik Kessels, Friends With You and Shepard Fairey – all of whom are set to deliver talks at this year’s OFFSET festival in Dublin…

CR Quiz of the Year: the answers

Just before Christmas we set readers a fiendish quiz based on the year in the wonderful world of visual communications. How did you do?

Typo London: see you next year?

Three days of top speakers from around the world playing to a (largely full) venue: in Typo London does the UK capital finally have the design conference it deserves?