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A’18 by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity designed by Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team for the AIA 2018 Conference on Architecture

AIA Conference on Architecture is an annual three-day event that explores what is new and now in architecture and design. In 2018 this took place between June 21st and 23rd at Manhattan’s Javits Center, a pioneering modernist space frame structure designed by architect James Ingo Freed. The event is made up of workshops, seminars and city tours across the five boroughs of New York City as well keynotes from those working within the fields of both architecture and design who spoke of their approaches to making a difference to cities across the globe.

Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team developed the visual identity for A’18, building on the graphic identity developed for AIA, also designed by Pentagram. This captures the vibrancy and life of the city, and the idiosyncrasies of its diverse neighbourhoods. This linked the welcome desk with takeaway assets that included tote bags, Metro Cards and city map.

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New York Architecture Book Fair by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Storefront for Art and Architecture is an independent not-for-profit art and architecture organisation, located in New York’s Soho, dedicated to advancing architecture, art and design. To further this remit the organisation developed the New York Architecture Book Fair, an event and platform that brings together authors, designers, publishers, critics and readers to consider, through a programme of discussion, installation and pop-ups, which publications have driven architectural and design discourse forward through their insight and contemporary relevance. This took place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture and at local bookstores throughout the city in June.

Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team led the design and development of the visual identity for the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair. This is built around a form language that makes a connection between the spine of a book and the side elevation of a building plan but also explores the liminal space between the printed book and architecture structure, and the material and digital space the visual identity needed to exist within. This links a variety of communication materials for the event, these included motion graphics and data visualizations, book design, tote bags and signage.

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OfficeUS Manual by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Book designed by Pentagram's Natasha Jen for OfficeUS Manual published by Lars Müller Publishers

OfficeUS Manual is a guide to the American architectural workplace over the past century. It is the third book in the OfficeUS series which deals with the development of international US architectural practices, and offers insight into the office life of these over the past 100 years; how they have changed and remained the same. It does this through the compiling and presentation of job listings, timesheets and estimates, work furniture and reception areas, office hours and benefits.

The book is marked by its approach; a balance of criticality, conviviality and deadpan documentation, in its mix of isolated objects, technical drawings and iconography, contemporary reflections by more than fifty architects, artists and writers, and a scope that covers the meta, macro and micro.

The book was edited by Eva Franch, Ana Miljački, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Jacob Reidel and Ashley Schafer and published by Lars Müller Publishers. It is a paperback measuring 160 × 240mm, made up of 288 pages featuring 461 illustrations and was designed by Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team.

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