Ivan chermayeff b. 1932 London, England artist, teacher, designer
ivan chermayeff born in 1932, london, england, chermayeff is the son of the chechen architect serge ivan chermayeff. in 1940 he moved to the united states where he has lived ever since. he studied at harvard, the institute of design in chicago, and received a BFA at yale. whilst at yale he met tom geismar where both designers discovered their shared passion for typography. after graduating chermayeff worked for alvin lustig and CBS in new york . in 1957 tom geismar and ivan chermayeff formed brownjohn, chermayeff & geismar with friend and former student of ivan's father robert brownjohn. renowned for its hard working yet informal atmosphere, BCG began by designing book covers, album covers and corporate identities and soon won more substantial commissions, including the U.S. pavilion at the 1959 brussels world’s fair. in 1959 brownjohn left the studio and chermayeff and geismar continued to work together. by 1960 the duo had started a craze for abstract corporate symbols with designs for the chase manhattan bank NBC and others. during their many years of collaboration the pair have produced over 100 corporate symbols. chermyeff's trademarks, posters, publications and art installations have received nearly every award bestowed by the profession, including gold medals from the american institue of graphic artists (AIGA), the society of illustrators, the yale arts medal, the president's fellow award from the rhode island school of design, and the industrial art medal from the american Institute of architects. a former president of the AIGA and elected to the art directors club hall of fame, he also served for two decades as a trustee of the museum of modern art, new york. in 2007 an exhibition at the pera museum, istanbul showcased 50 years of the graphic design work by chermayeff & geismar.