Pentagram – Black Book

It’s nine years after the monstrous volume Five, post-dotcom crash, and the 2007 sub-prime home loan crash. Times are dark. Time for an austerity Pentagram: The Black Book.

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Printed as a smaller, more modest size it still packs in the work. 800 pages covering 400 projects. In their own words, “arranged in alphabetical order, like a dictionary, and printed on Bible paper, like a Bible, complete with tabbed sections and ribbons for bookmarking.”

It’s a beautiful object (indeed, it won a book design award) and was never available to buy, with a few copies given to clients and friends. It contains a wildly varied selection of work – and even the odd website. Most interesting, for me, is the appearance of the Pentagram GUI – the Sugar UI work for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, but I’ll return to that another time.

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This book was never available to buy, and is therefore very rare with used copies turning up only occasionally on Amazon or Ebay.

 

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