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Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv (formerly Chermayeff & Geismar) is a New York-based branding and graphic design firm. It was founded in 1957 by Yale graduates Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar. The firm has designed logos for such companies as Pan Am, Mobil Oil, PBS, Chase Bank, Barneys New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Xerox, Smithsonian Institution, NBC, Cornell University, National Geographic, State Farm, and many others. Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar were awarded the AIGA Medal in 1979.[1][2] Chermayeff died on December 3, 2017 at the age of 85.[3][4]

Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
Formerly
Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar (1957-1959)
Chermayeff & Geismar (1959-2006)
Partnership
Industry Corporate identity
Founded 1957; 61 years ago (1957) in New York City
Founder Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff
Headquarters New York City
Key people
Website cghnyc.com
Well-known logos designed by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv: (left to right, top to bottom) NBC, Mobil, Merck, Armani Exchange, Smithsonian Institution, PBS, Showtime, NYU, Barneys New York, Chase Bank, National Geographic, Univision

In 2006, designer Sagi Haviv became the third partner at the firm. In 2013 Haviv's name was added to the masthead and the firm became known as Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Designer Mackey Saturday joined the firm as a principal in 2016.[5] In 2008, Haviv, Chermayeff and Geismar released a new identity for the Library of Congress,[6] and in 2009 redesigned the logo of the fashion brand Armani Exchange.

In recent years, the firm created identities for the Kennedy Center Honors; Hearst Corporation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Conservation International, the Women's Tennis Association, Harvard University Press, State Farm, Grupo Imagen TV (Mexico), Armani Exchange, and other major institutions.

The firm is known for the exhibits and environmental art installations it has designed, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Statue of Liberty Museum, two World's Fair pavilions (the U.S. pavilions of 1967 and 1970), and the red number 9 at 9 West 57th Street in New York City. In 2008, the new Star-Spangled Banner exhibit designed by the firm opened at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The firm also designs motion graphics such as the titles for the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Carrier and in 2009, created a motion graphics display for Alicia Keys’ annual fundraiser for her Keep a Child Alive Foundation.

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Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & GeismarEdit

In 2011 Sagi Haviv, Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff co-authored the book Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar. The book was published by Print magazine's book imprint, (ISBN 978-1440310324).

National Design AwardEdit

 
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv logo for the Library of Congress

In October 2014 the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.[7]

 
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv logo design for Harvard University Press
 
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv logo design for State Farm

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SourcesEdit

  1. ^ Chermayeff, I; Geismar, T; Geissbuhler, S., (2003) Designing:, New York; Graphis, Inc.
  2. ^ Chermayeff, Geismar, Inc., (2000) TM, Trademarks Designed by Chermayeff & Geismar, New York; Princeton Architectural Press.
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (2017-12-04). "Ivan Chermayeff, 85, Eminent Designer of Familiar Logos, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  4. ^ "Ivan Chermayeff, who defined the look of corporate America, has died". Quartzy. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  5. ^ Amanda Aszman, "Designer of the Week: Mackey Saturday," Print, April 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Imprint: The Best Design Blog Written by top Illustrators & Designers". Print Magazine. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  7. ^ "2014 National Design Award Winners," Cooper Hewitt, 2014.