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Atlantic Theater 2018 – ’19 Season by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Campaign identity and programme by Paul Scher, Pentagram, for the Atlantic Theater's 2018–19 season

Atlantic Theater Company continues to work with Paula Scher and her team at Pentagram, this time on the campaign for their 2018–19 season. This is characterised by a contrast of bright fluorescent gradients and solid black ink. These fill, define and intersect the condensed sans-serif letterforms and graphic emblem of the theatre; the megaphone A, designed and introduced in 2015. This runs across a printed programme of upcoming productions, kids programming and educational opportunities.

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Shakespeare In The Park 2018 by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Posters, signage, website, t-shirts, tote bags and newspaper advertising by Pentagram's Paula Scher for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park 2018

Shakespeare In The Park is an annual event and series of free performances presented by New York’s The Public Theatre that will take place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park during May and throughout June. This year will see performances of Othello and Twelfth Night. These are being promoted by a campaign developed by Pentagram’s Paula Scher, with assets such as signage being designed and deployed by Public’s in-house team. This builds on the enduring identity Paula Scher designed for the theatre in 1994, revised in 2005 and 2008, maintaining its impact and dynamic qualities whilst working in a new and distinctive colour palette of bright gradients, contrasting solid blocks of black and a strong sense of the systematised and the architectural. Alongside the tagline “Be In The Park” this links signage, static and dynamic posters and billboards, t-shirts, tote bags and newspaper advertising.

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Talawa by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, stationery and business cards for UK all black theatre company Talawa by Spy

Talawa, Jamaican patois for “small but feisty”, is an all black theatre company that looked to address the lack of opportunities for minorities and their marginalisation at the time of its founding in 1986. Since then it has established itself as one of the most successful theatres of its type in the United Kingdom.

“Our work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. We invest in talent, develop audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally. By doing so we enrich the cultural life of all.” – Talawa

Talawa has a diverse portfolio of productions, from Shakespeare to African classics, Oscar Wilde to new Black British, and from Nobel-prize winning playwrights to musicals. Some of these have gone on to win awards, tour internationally, and have provided many of its staff and performers with the skills necessary to go on to develop successful careers in radio, film and television.

London based Graphic design studio Spy worked with the theatre to develop a new brand identity and visual language that would help convey the theatre’s powerful spirit. This went on to include an animated logo, stationery, business cards, posters and website.

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