Recent articles about Pentagram

Philadelphia freedom

Issue 104, Spring 2023


Pentagram’s Luke Hayman has given The Philadelphia Inquirer an overhaul. By Steven Heller [EXTRACT]

Jump cuts: Matt Willey

Issue 104, Spring 2023


‘Light gets turned into graphic dots – I thought this might be a nice way of capturing that feeling without being too literal or cheesy’ [EXTRACT]

Design odyssey

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


Stanley Kubrick (1928-99) has long been the ultimate designers’ director, a man who presided over…

Traces of a drifter

Issue 93, Winter 2016


Camera in hand, Harry Pearce dives into the urban underbelly in search of the unfathomable. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor

The book of Michael

Issue 92, Summer 2016


It is a pleasure to read a book that is honest, accessible and direct about…


Issue 92, Summer 2016


Abbott Miller’s book tells the story of a life in design: starting out – as…

Dance on the spot

Issue 89, Winter 2014


Abbott Miller’s iPad contemporary dance apps for the 2wice Arts Foundation – a dynamic coming together of code, choreography, music and design – bring playful, digital interaction to loops and layers of physical performance

Design history disciplined

Issue 85, Spring 2013


What kind of discipline is graphic design history? Catherine de Smet provided one answer in…

The rules of the game

Issue 58, Winter 2005


For George Hardie, illustration is a problem-solving process: collecting looking and drawing with exactitude

Head Trip

Issue 78, Winter 2010


Simon Esterson applauds the vivid drama of a pharmaceutical brochure

Shouting from the shelves

Issue 73, Autumn 2009


Faber and Faber, the independent British publisher founded in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber (there was…

Trust in Modernism

Issue 81, Autumn 2011


The John Lewis Partnership’s co-operative ethos has informed 50 years of corporate identity.

Reputations: Bob Gill

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


‘I’ve never had a problem with a dumb client. There’s no such thing as a bad client. Part of our job is to do good work and get the client to accept it.’ Interview by Patrick Baglee

Reputations: Peter Saville

Issue 17, Summer 1995


‘This is a post-design era. It’s deliberately going against all those things that were canonised in the 1980s and are now exhausted.’

Reputations: Michael Bierut

Issue 24, Spring 1997


‘The biggest challenge that faces a designer isn’t the quest for novelty, but coming to grips with the fact that much of what we do has little content’

Reputations: J. Abbott Miller

Issue 45, Autumn 2002


'We could be more aware of the civility of design, of how it can be constructive in a poetic sense, not just like a sneeze of capitalist excess’

Self-control. self-raising

Issue 38, Winter 2000


Pentagram are ‘time-rich’. Browns are the young establishment.

Naked words

Issue 82, Winter 2011


Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves – have always had a place in publication design.

Controlled passion: the art of Fernando Gutiérrez

Issue 36, Summer 2000


In post-Franco Spain, a cool Catalan breeze blows through the often humid, overheated world of professional magazine design and art direction

Changing of the guard

Issue 8, Autumn 1992


American graphic design is divided. The once rebellious avant-garde has become the status quo, while the new guard shun their elders’ example and adhere to few of the old ‘isms’

I don’t use a Mac but I know a man who can

Issue 13, Summer 1994


British design has split down the middle. Should its priority be art or analysis, and is the computer a new ‘language’ or simply a tool? By Michael Horsham

Recent blog posts about Pentagram

The collaboration games

20 June 2023
Graphic design, Reviews, Technology, Visual culture, Events and exhibitions

London Design Biennale 2023 positions design as a tool for global collaboration. By Gabriela Matuszyk

The biennale theme, ‘The Global Game’, responds to the current cultural climate by referencing Buckminster Fuller’s World Game …

Colin Forbes 1928-2022

7 January 2023

The death of Colin Forbes closes a significant chapter in the history of British graphic design. Obituary by Patrick Baglee

Thoughtful and methodical, serious about the work, Forbes’s diffidence was belied by the confidence and thoroughness of his output.

Type Tuesday: Show and tell

27 February 2020
Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Join us at St Bride Library for Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday event on 3 March 2020, to hear Marina Willer, Anthony Pearson and Dinah Casson talk about exhibition design
Eye magazine’s next Type Tuesday on 3 March 2020 will focus on exhibition design. STOP…

(Dance) Noted #93

19 June 2019
Graphic design, Illustration, New media, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

2wice Arts Foundation; Tanec Praha; identity for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; flamenco magazine El Canon; illustrated campaign for Texas Ballet Theater
Here is a selection of dance-related things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Two…

Graphic days out

10 October 2018
Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

The third edition of Torino Graphic Days, a ‘visual design festival’, shows the playful side of visual communication
In just two years, Torino Graphic Days (TGD) has developed into an ambitious and wide-ranging…

Noted #79

6 January 2017
Book design, Illustration, Magazines, New media, Photography, Reviews

Graffiti removal, Circular #19, The Phonografik Collectivo, Optimology° and Fermata
Here are a few things – graffiti removal, a Phoenician alphabet project, a media wall…

Offset Sheffield 2016: day one

6 November 2016
Book design, Brand madness, Design education, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

Offset’s first Sheffield conference bought together artists and designers for two days of engaging presentations and lively panel discussions
Last month, a host of speakers from across the design industry came to present their…

Type on the campaign trail

30 October 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

US designers contribute type, posters, badges and branding to the Hillary Clinton cause
From the outset, the Hillary Clinton campaign has enlisted the help of some of the…

What design didn’t do

30 June 2016
Critical path, Graphic design, Information design, Posters

As a designer I feel guilty, says Marina Willer. Could we have done more to stop Brexit?
Twenty years ago, I chose to move from Brazil to London because it is the…

Books received #18

11 April 2016
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Visual culture

A Smile in the Mind, London A to Z, Jean Tinguely, Bad Bonn Song Book and Eating With The Eyes
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … all reviewed…

Books received #12

18 December 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Cut & Paste: 21st Century Collage, Spitalfields Nippers, A Field Guide to East London Wildlife, Shoreditch Wildlife and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Here are a few books that provided a little relief from Eye’s seasonal hangovers in…

Books received #8

7 May 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Typography

Adventures in Letterpress, Derek Jarman’s Sketchbook, Ant Colony, Fritz Kahn and Other People’s Dogs
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch…

Letterpress firecracker in Tribeca

7 May 2013
Graphic design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Eye magazine presents an evening with typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching in Tribeca on Wednesday
On Wednesday evening there’s an opportunity to see designer and typographer Alan Kitching (of The…

Offset 2013: day one

9 April 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews

Bob Gill, Louise Fili and Ben Bos explain why design is ‘not a profession but a way of life.’ Pam Bowman reports from the Dublin conference.
Starting at 10am on Friday 5 April and finishing at 7pm the following Sunday, Offset…

Type in Wapping

13 November 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Pencil to Pixel opens up Monotype’s archive of typographic history, from artwork to artefacts
The ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition, which opens this Friday at Metropolitan Wharf in London, gives…

Every which way

9 July 2012
Music design, New media, Photography, Technology, Visual culture

Abbott Miller’s iPad app gives a new framework to contemporary dance
Fifth Wall, an iPad app designed by Abbott Miller for 2wice Arts Foundation, presents an…