Pentagram’s New Brand Identity For The World’s Largest Library
Pentagram Design recently shared its dynamic brand identity for Library of Congress—the world’s largest library—created by Pentagram’s first female principal Paula Scher.
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The vibrant sans-serif logotype, which resembles a bookshelf or bookcase—“a place to collect things”—can be “shifted” around to carry various graphics and typography, shown directly below. It replaces its predecessor made by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv in 2010—a blue open book with stripes representing those seen inside the US flag, along with the Library’s name in serifs, indicated on the left within the main image above.
Image via Pentagram
Image via Pentagram
The unveiling has garnered starkly contrasting responses from designers. While the overall design system seems to be reaping generally positive feedback, certain elements have generated critique, particularly its “library library” wording that is said to have missed the mark.
Davar Azarbeygui, creative director of Inhouse Design, called the design system “absolutely beautiful & intelligent,” while art director Bryan Talbot applauded the idea, “There’s things I like here and some not so much. But the idea I love.”
Creative director Von Glitschka penned his take on Twitter, “Pentagram craps out another yawner rebrand. Waffle House level aesthetic, yet they probably banked on this project big time.”
Graphic artist Brandon Moore seemed to agree, “[W]ell that’s incredibly disappointing isn’t it? that beautiful, witty, iconic logo was designed in 2010 by Chermayeff, and now replaced by a lame, Brutalist wordmark from Pentagram. it speaks volumes about where we’re at today.”
See more highlights of the feedback below and browse the full design system on Pentagram.