Ivan Chermayeff | Biography, Life, Work, Logos and Awards
Ivan Chermayeff (1932 – Present)
Ivan Chermayeff was born in 1932 in London to Serge Ivan Chermayeff, a well-renowned Russian-born British architect and industrial designer. His family settled in United States in 1940. Chermayeff studied at the prestigious universities of Harvard, Yale and the Institute of Design in Chicago. It was in Yale where he met Tom Geismar, with whom (along with Sagi Haviv) he would later establish the leading New York-based branding and graphic design firm – Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv – in 1957.
In his early career, Chermayeff worked for Alvin Lustig and CBS in New York, where he designed corporate identities, book covers and album covers for various clients. His work with Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv influenced generations of logo designers, and included innovative corporate identity designs for clients such as Pan Am, Mobil Oil, Chase Manhattan Bank, NBC, PBS, Showtime and various others. The firm is often considered as one of the most influential and productive design agencies in history. It has won numerous awards and accolades, including the AIGA gold medal, the Society of Illustrators gold medal, and the Yale Art Medal.
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