Eddie Opara

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Signage

In December 2014, following a three-year renovation that has restored the historic Andrew Carnegie Mansion and increased the museum’s exhibition space by 60 percent, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopened to the public. Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and Eddie Opara have collaborated on the graphics for the revitalized institution, including a bold new graphic identity, website, signage, wayfinding, and exhibition graphics.

MahaNahkon CUBE

MahaNahkon is a new 77-story high-rise mixed-use complex located on a 3.6-acre site in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business District. The building is designed by Ole Scheeren of Büro Ole Scheeren and developed by Pace Development. Pentagram has designed a program of environmental graphics for MahaNahkon, including dynamic digital installations for CUBE, the building’s retail component.

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

The 85,000 square feet of inaugural exhibitions for the National Museum of African American History and Culture take visitors on a journey that is rooted in history, embraces community, and celebrates culture.

Broadway Housing Communities

Pentagram designed the identity for Broadway Housing Communities, a non-profit developer of supportive housing in New York, and created the environmental graphics for BHC’s most recent initiative, the Sugar Hill Project in Harlem’s historic neighborhood of the same name. The 171,000 sq. ft. mixed-use development brings together permanent housing with early education, educational advocacy and access to the arts via a new cultural institution, the Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, an 18,000 sq. ft.

Grace Farms Signage and Wayfinding

Located on 80 open acres of lush, rolling meadows, woods, and wetlands in New Canaan, Connecticut, Grace Farms provides a place for people to experience nature, foster community, pursue social justice and explore the connections between art and faith, all while immersed in a beautiful landscape. A complex system of signage and environmental graphics for the Grace Farms building and grounds has been developed by Pentagram, expanding on the design of the institution’s identity and website.

Grace Farms Wayfinding by Pentagram
Wayfinding and Building Community at Grace Farms

Despite the moniker, Grace Farms is not an agricultural enterprise. The unique 80-acre campus in New Canaan, Conn., boasts a multiple award-winning and winding 83,000-square-foot building, while exemplary wayfinding by Pentagram (New York) helps guide all visitors in their exploration of nature, community and faith.

Pentagram KIPP NYC College Prep High School
Pentagram

Pentagram is the world's largest independent design consultancy. The firm is owned and run by 21 partners, a group of friends who are all leaders in their individual creative fields.

They have offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Austin. Pentagram designs everything: architecture and interiors, products, branding and identities, publications, posters and websites, books, exhibitions, films and digital installations.

Platform Summit 2014

A Pentagram team led by Eddie Opara was tasked with creating event graphics, wayfinding, and a digital experience for Platform Summit 2014, a conference of the non-profit organization promoting minority participation in technology and entrepreneurship.

Pentagram: The Hand is the Brand

The "hand" serves as a visual metaphor of Index Ventures’ qualities – subtle, supportive, and sensitive, but also inspiring, vital and versatile.

Eddie Opara, Pentagram
Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in October 2010.

Pentagram - The Printing House

Pentagram (worldwide)’s Luke Hayman and Emily Oberman design a brand identity and marketing campaign for the luxury residences at The Printing House in New York that use graphics inspired by the building’s heritage as a printing factory.

The Natural Areas Conservancy, an affiliate of NYC Parks, introduces a new identity by Paula Scher, Pentagram, that uses photographs taken by Joel Meyerowitz to highlight the beauty of the wilderness the organization is trying to preserve.

Screenshot of DOT DOT DOT app
Pentagram - Dot, Dot, Dot

Pentagram (New York) announced that the DOT DOT DOT app designed by Abbott Miller has been nominated for the 2013 People’s Design Award.

Pentagram - Documents Massimo Vignelli

Pentagram (worldwide) partner Michael Bierut and his team created an animated clip documenting the unique way in which Massimo Vignelli designs books for Mohawk’s “What Will You Make Today?” campaign.

Luke Hayman collaborated on a redesign of Stern, Germany’s most widely read magazine, building on the publication’s mix of wide-ranging journalism and spectacular photography.

Photo of New York City street parking signage
Pentagram

Pentagram (New York), working with the New York City Department of Transportation, has created a new, simplified design for the city’s street parking signage that is more easily understood and may result in fewer parking tickets for New Yorkers.

Eddie Opara and his team kicked off the year in color with the new Pantone 2013 Calendar, which recontextualizes the familiar PMS chips into colorful “digitized” images for each month.

Photo of packaging and graphics for the Menil Collection DVDs
Pentagram - Menil Collection

Pentagram (New York) designed DVD packaging and graphics for a series of newly restored documentary films about works and artists in the Menil Collection, the art museum in Houston. Designed by Eddie Opara and team, the series includes the films The Rothko Chapel (1972) and Max Ernst Hanging (1973), directed or co-directed by Francois de Menil, son of the museum’s founders, Dominique and John de Menil.

photo of Lucy's Fried Chicken sign
Pentagram

Pentagram (New York and Austin) Partner DJ Stout and his team in Austin created the identity for Lucy’s Fried Chicken, a new chicken joint located on the city’s ultra-hip South Congress Avenue. The retro-inspired graphics include a script logo and down-home look for menus and restaurant collateral, as well as a classic 1940’s-style neon sign that has become an instant local landmark.

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