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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.