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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab

Contributed by Chantra Malee on Jul 27th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    The identity is rendered in green neon on the museum façade.
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    The identity is rendered in green neon on the museum façade.

    The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hired Pentagram’s Paula Scher team in New York City to refresh the brand identity of their institution and also design the signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics for their new MuseumLab. The Lab is an interactive space for older kids to play and simultaneously learn about tech.

    Pentagram developed the branding, and wayfinding for CMoP, using Sharp Type’s Sharp Sans Display No.1 typeface. From Pentagram:

    The refreshed identity retools the previous wordmark in a new font, the clean, geometric Sharp Sans Display No. 1. The friendly “hi” in the name is highlighted in color, and a line under the “M” doubles as an anchor and organizing element, also used in an abbreviated monogram version of the logo. Sharp Sans was customized for the Lab logotype, with strokes on certain letters removed for a more streamlined, “mature” appearance, to differentiate the two institutions but still make them feel like part of the same family. The new identity also introduces a broader palette of bright colors, with the Lab appearing in green.

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      The identity is rendered in green neon on the museum façade.
      Source: https://www.pentagram.com Pentagram. License: All Rights Reserved.

      The signs are designed in strong, simple black and white, with an outline that sets them apart from everything around them. Key signage is fabricated from giant LED bulbs inset in boxes, overlaid with type.

      The identity is rendered in green neon on the museum façade.
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      The donor wall features donor names on tubes, framed in a box.

      The identity is rendered in green neon on the museum façade.
      Source: https://www.pentagram.com Pentagram. License: All Rights Reserved.

      Directional wayfinding bends around corners.

      Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab 8
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      Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab 9
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      Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab 10
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