Alexander Isley's Homage to Vignelli's Subway Diagram

Alexander Isley Inc. (West Redding, Ct.) presented the latest offering from their ongoing collaboration with Blue Q, purveyors of quirky, impeccably crafted lifestyle products. Blue Q specializes in making things you don't think you need until that day when you suddenly realize your life is hollow and the only way to make things right is to buy a tote bag or pair of novelty socks with attitude. It's a good business plan.

Alexander Isley Inc. has designed over 70 life-changing things for them. This time they asked the firm to create a subway themed tote bag. So here it is — their homage to Massimo Vignelli and his famous 1972 subway diagram (Massimo hated that people called it a map).

Train line names are boring, so they created new ones devoted to music, pasta, fashion, sins — all the things that make city life worth living. They made up a city with fake parks, lakes, and an airport.

The typography and graphics are slavishly true to the spirit of early 1970s Modernist graphic design (except for maybe the part where they worked in references to jelly donuts, '80s fashion, and The Monkees — but other than that it's right on).

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iZone Imaging: Third Contract with National Parks

iZone Imaging (Temple, Texas) has been awarded its third consecutive IDIQ contract from the U.S. National Parks Service.

The contract award allows iZone Imaging to continue delivering interpretive, wayfinding, and informational signage to educate and safely guide visitors through the country's world-renowned National Parks System.

"The U.S. National Parks Service is a recognized leader in managing and enhancing our U.S National Parks and safeguarding the unique national treasures contained within, and we are honored for the opportunity to continue delivering the highest quality, most durable CHPL signage and graphics for the National Parks Service," said iZone Imaging's President, Grady Brown. 

iZone will work with the National Parks Service in support of their goals which include increasing universal access and visitor experience via expanded trails, improved amenities, and historical preservation.

Image: National Parks Service

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Skolnick Continues Work with National Lighthouse Museum

Ten years after Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership created an Interpretive Master Plan for them, the National Lighthouse Museum is set to open the first phase of inaugural exhibits designed by the firm for their Educational Resource Center.

The Resource Center will be located on the historic site of the original US Lighthouse Services General Depot on the St. George Waterfront in Staten Island, N.Y. The NLM Resource Center will become a home base to initiate the education and preservation of lighthouse history for generations to come.

Miguel Cardenas, Senior Design Associate at LHSA+DP and manager for this project was recently interviewed in Civil Engineering Magazine about the history of the building, and its rehabilitation and development. The National Lighthouse museum was also recently featured in Architectural Digest and The International New York Times. 

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Lorenc + Yoo Masterplans Delta's Museum

Lorenc + Yoo (Roswell, Ga.) has completed  masterplanning for the Delta Airlines Flight Museum located in vintage airport hangers that date from the propeller age and into the jet age, at the airport in Atlanta.

Working with S&W Architects, Lorenc + Yoo masterplanned the flow into the space, developed the various story lines, and populated the space with aircraft in the Delta collection. Included is the pivotal Delta cropduster that was their initial aircraft, Delta's move into mail delivery, and their position today as an internationally recognized carrier.

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C&G Announces Two New Associate Partners

C&G Partners (New York) announced two new Associate Partners in the studio.

For over two decades, Alin Tocmacov has led multi-disciplinary creative teams in the design of exhibits and experiences for cultural and commercial clients in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. Leslie Dann has been a user experience designer at the forefront of digital media for over twenty years.

As a former Assistant Director of User Experience at MRY, a creative and technology agency, Leslie Dann developed experience strategies and designed numerous user-centered interfaces for marketing and self-service websites, mobile platforms, and digital campaigns with strong social media elements. Clients included Massachusetts General Hospital, National Grid, Penguin, WebMD, Google, Nestlé Waters NA, MasterCard, Moleskine Shop, Johnson & Johnson consumer brands, and the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

Alin Tocmacov's critically acclaimed cultural projects and clients include the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Scheepvaart Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, and the National Children’s Museum in Amman. More recent projects include the Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic Seaport, the Fort McHenry Visitor Center in Baltimore, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, which opened in June 2014.

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Hunt Design's Towers and Banners at Axs

AxS is a 17-day festival where ideas, scientific theories, and leading-edge technologies converge with artistic innovation. Held every two years and produced by the Pasadena Arts Council, the eclectic festival is produced simultaneously at many local venues, stages, and parks and features dance, theater, new media, and art.

Using the festival logo, Hunt Design planned and designed low-cost site sign towers and banners to help temporarily transform and unify a wide range of Pasadena sites.

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Dotdash Work Featured in CommArts

Dotdash (Brisbane) announced that their work for the Cardwell Foreshore Redevelopment (Queensland), which consists of wayfinding signage and environmental graphics, has been selected by Communication Arts to feature in their online publication.

In early 2011, the far north Queensland community of Cardwell experienced the savage force of Cyclone Yasi, generating a storm surge so powerful that the Cardwell foreshore was left a desolate landscape. Since then, the community has received assistance from both the state and federal government for the redevelopment of the Cardwell Foreshore, aimed to celebrate a community's identity whist injecting it with a new sense of vibrancy.

Communication Arts noted that Dotdash's "...collection of directional signs incorporates a bold color palette inspired by the surrounding reef and rainforest. Its simple post-and-panel system allows for a clean juxtaposition between the sharp aluminum panels and the rough texture of aged timber posts. To help visitors navigate a new landscape, one that covers the scars of a natural disaster, the signs explain local wildlife and history—and tell the story of the community’s transformation."



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Rick Landers of CSA Crunches Raw Data

Raw Data: Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Rick Sanders of Carbone Smolan Agency (New York) features more than 50 of the world's leading graphic designers and illustrators who open up their private sketchbooks to offer a rare glimpse of their creative processes.

Kristin Hohenadel of Slate says, "The book reveals various designers’ methods for developing and fleshing out ideas, from sketching drawings and doodles to digital mock-ups. She quotes Steven Heller as saying, “Making enticingly accurate infographics requires more than a computer drafting program or cut-and-paste template. The art of information display is every bit as artful as any other type of design or illustration, with the notable exception that it must tell a factual or linear story, rather than an expressive tale or polemical message.”

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Pentagram: The Hand is the Brand

For almost twenty years, Index Ventures has been helping to shape how we see and interact with the world. As Europe’s leading venture capital firm, they have collaborated with iconic digital companies like asos, Dropbox, Skype, and Soundcloud.

To reflect their unique approach to investment, Pentagram’s John Rushworth and Eddie Opera have created a new identity and website for the firm.

The new identity by Pentagram conveys Index Ventures’ understated approach and distinct character. A striking, graphic symbol has been introduced that reflects the firm’s strong, single-minded culture and style. The "hand" serves as a visual metaphor of Index Ventures’ qualities – subtle, supportive, and sensitive, but also inspiring, vital, and versatile. The "hand" is also playful, referencing our most technologically active body part and the firm’s connection to the consumer world. The ‘hand’ symbol has been integrated across Index Ventures’ touchpoints.

Red and monochrome color palettes and typefaces, as well as asymmetrical layouts reflect the firm’s familial heritage and Swiss background.

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