January 2013



Pentagram’s partner Michael Bierut has redesigned music industry magazine Billboard, creating a new identity and editorial format for the magazine. The magazine’s 1966 logo has been replaced with a brand new one, that has been set entirely in lower-case with tighter spacing in-between each letter.

The colored circles in the logo have also been dropped—making the print version look more “grown-up” and “serious”—however, the color version of the logo will still be used on the Billboard website and in its marketing materials, according to Pentagram. The editorial layout of the magazine has also been reorganized and restructured—“Headers are paired with graphic bars inspired by the charts. Page layouts are opened up, with graphs, pull quotes and other data appearing in the margins,” said the design studio. Another major part of the redesign was to remake the magazine’s charts to be more “easily understood”.

The new layout for the magazine will hit newsstands on 26 January 2013.


I am sending my prayers and thoughts to my beloved Queensland, hit by floods yet again. Will this never end?

Housed in the refrigeration room of a former Soviet-era bakery, the brick and concrete interiors of Sever Bar in St. Petersburg is harsh, stark and industrial. After deciding to keep the authentic atmosphere of the space, the owners added softer, friendlier details—such as a cool neon sign—to bring this vintage space into the present. The latest addition to an artistic hub that includes galleries, exhibition spaces, a bookstore and a café, several notable artists could be found dishing out drinks from behind the bar. (via DesignTaxi)


Taiwanese company Polytron Technologies, Inc. has unveiled a transparent smartphone. In pictures, the prototype that could change the smartphone industry has a smaller screen and a power glass. The power glass powers the film in the middle, that is encapsulated by a touch glass casing. Processors and components are still clearly visible at the edges of the phone, as technology does not yet support their transparent designs. (via DesignTaxi)


All I can say on sunday is…… Go 49ers!!!


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