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Pantone 3965

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The Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning is 75 years old, and they now have this 128-page book to tell their story. The satisfaction of having it printed and delivered after six months of design and production is huge. Erik Vrielink pulled tremendous weight on this one.

Things I love about this book:

  • The gorgeous, difficult-to-define, bright yellow-ish-green Pantone 3965 that CRP immediately embraced.
  • Our fat, geometric CRP75 logo.
  • Sappi’s McCoy Silk: is there a better coated sheet?
  • Finally working with Commercial Type’s Lyon Text — I’m a fan. You may recognize it from the New York Times Magazine, where it debuted in 2009. We paired it with AAP’s Helvetica Neue.
  • And the printing by J.S. McCarthy in Augusta, Maine is fantastic. If you’re ever in need of a super-high-quality resource for books or annual reports, consider working with them.
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Prismatic

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I never thought that a two-year series of posters using the same format, colors, typography and “graphic machine design generator” would be so interesting. But that’s exactly what Dean Kleinman at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning challenged us to do and it’s resulted in some of our best poster work. Here’s the recently printed Fall 2010 events poster.

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75

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The AAP Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Here’s our gridded “75″ design on a save-the-date postcard, using Pantone spots 3965 (yellow-green) & 540 (blue). The photo is from 1957. More to come, including a 148-page book in the fall.

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Pantone 808

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Our latest issue of the alumni newsletter for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, featuring neon blue-green Pantone 808. This is the eighth issue of the remarkable magazine that we re-imagined and redesigned four years ago.

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Slow design.

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I just had a crazy moment realizing that we started designing the new website for Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in August 2005 — the same year YouTube was created. Soulellis Studio was four years old. Twitter wasn’t even born yet.
We launched it in two stages (2005 and 2006). It goes without saying that the internet is a different place now. So is AAP. During the last five years we’ve worked with two deans and many dedicated staff to refine the identity of the college (an exciting evolution). Designing quick and dirty brand identities and launching in record time has become the norm these days (doing a few of those right now), but this is a great example of what can happen when designer and client are in it for the long haul. A committment to exploring brand identity over time.
This year AAP asked us to revisit our original design. Among our goals:

  • “expand” the feeling of the narrow site without increasing actual width
  • refresh the design to better reflect AAP’s current visual identity
  • refine the typography
  • increase size and visibility of images
  • increase legibility

While I would characterize these more as chiropractic design adjustments (rather than a total redesign), the impact is huge. Cornell and Krate quietly launched the adjusted site last week. For better or for worse this design was created without much concern for mobile, but I have to say it looks pretty great on the iPad (screenshots above).

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Rem, Petra and Bob.

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Here’s our profile piece for OMA’s Paul Milstein Hall at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. The over-sized magazine-ish thing wrapped in an Astrobright Gamma Green 65 lb. dust-jacket with white foil-stamp presents the building in context, with its incredible Dutch-American team: Rem Koolhaas, Robert Silman and Petra Blaisse. The heavy kraftpaper enclosure is screened with opaque white ink.
Lovingly crafted by Monroe Litho in Rochester, NY.

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The tenth poster.

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Spring in Ithaca: Lise Anne Couture, Shayne O’Neil, Laurie Hawkinson, Toshiko Mori, Petra Blaisse, Rem Koolhaas.
This is our tenth poster for Cornell University AAP (College of Architecture, Art and Planning). We began with this one in Spring 2006 — pure typographic play. Two deans later we’re still exploring a single theme that’s been at the core of every one of the ten: mapping. Creating a system within the boundaries of a single printed sheet and letting the information play itself out according to the set of rules (color, grid, typography, order).
Maybe it’s time for a little book or website? The next post will highlight all ten as a set.

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Pantone 814

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Our seventh Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning alumni newsletter, featuring Pantone 814 purple.

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Counterpoint.

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A Libeskind lecture and exhibition in Ithaca. Update: Thom Mayne now added.

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The screens.

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Nice collaborative effort for these eight LCD information screens at Cornell AAP. They’re floating and pivoting and informing in multiple locations throughout AAP.
Soulellis Studio designed the interface, Krate engineered the web-feed software and Aleksandr Mergold designed and built the screen enclosures. A Mac Mini is embedded in the frame of each screen.
And of course proper credit is due to the Cornell team that is responsible for this. That includes Aaron Goldweber, Beth Kunz, Elise Gold, Andre Hafner, Ashley Reed, Spencer Lapp and Frank Parrish, Cornell Shops, and AAP IT who wired it all up.
Cool photography of the installation on Mergold’s site.