April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we’re taking a look at the amazing design project our friends over at The Poetry Foundation undertook for the 100th anniversary of Poetry magazine last year. Along with other events and celebrations, the editors at Poetry asked eleven illustrators to create their interpretation of the magazine’s mascot, the Pegasus, originally created by Eric Gill. The result was a collection of amazing commemorative covers created by some of the biggest names in contemporary design. Take a look:
Pentagram’s Michael Bierut created “an arrangement of 100 dots of various sizes, giving the symbol an appearance that suggests fleet, pulsing pixels of digital information.”
Marian Bantjes is more known for her work in typography, but it’s interesting to see her hand-drawn fluidity applied to The Pegasus.
Melinda Beck created a sculptural Pegasus.
Alex Nabaum describes his process here.
And one of my favorite illustrators, Art Chantry, gave the Pegasus a postmodern punk look.
For a look at all of Poetry’s covers since April 2005, check out Design Observer’s flickr page. And to see a full typographic history of the magazine, check out 100 Years of Poetry: Designing the Magazine, 1912–2012.