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    Boston Landmarks Commission asked us to design collateral to celebrate preservation month in may. At first the project was centered around the d… Read More
    Boston Landmarks Commission asked us to design collateral to celebrate preservation month in may. At first the project was centered around the design of 11 bookmarks representing the different historic districts in Boston, as well as the archeology department. But it quickly expanded to included social media graphics, posters & tote bag designs. Every bookmark features a detail from the district it represents. Read more about the project here Boston.gov/preservation-month Winner of the GDUSA America Graphic Design Award 2017 Photos by Darren Cole Aberdeen bookmark and design direction by Sebastian Ebarb Read Less

Last May, we had an exciting opportunity to work with the City’s Landmarks Commission. The task was to promote Preservation Month in Boston.

The project started as an assortment of bookmarks. As interest in the campaign grew, posters and tote bags were quick to follow. The project ended up being one of our team’s most popular campaigns. We had so many requests for the artwork that we made the posters available online.

“The focus of the project was to highlight the architectural identities of the Historic Districts, the Landmarks Commission and the Archaeology Program,” said Kathleen von Jena, assistant survey director of the Landmarks Commission. “It has worked beautifully in helping to define what we do.”

The project was kicked off by the City’s Landmarks Commission. All of the artwork was created in-house by our amazing designer, Caroline Stjarnborg. Caroline was a driving force behind the illustration style featured in the campaign. Her designs spread throughout the preservation community.
If you missed the swag the first time around, don’t worry -- we’re doing another run of the print materials. You can also download the posters online.

As we take some time to celebrate, we're excited to keep moving forward. Look out for more collaborations with other departments and non-government partners.
Preservation Month 2018 Updates 
Fifty years ago, Boston held an unusual design competition for a new City Hall. Out of 256 entries, the winning design — selected on this day in 1962 — was submitted by an unknown architectural firm, Kallmann, McKinnell, and Knowles. The design intent was an expression of open and progressive city government. City Hall’s site was turned into a modern, 60-acre government center.

Boston City Hall is now recognized as among the most important municipal buildings of its kind. It’s also known as an excellent example of “brutalism,” or concrete modernism.
With Preservation Month underway, we wanted to help celebrate. So we worked with the Landmarks Commission to create a new bookmark and pin for City Hall’s 50th birthday.