NBC or UNDP, MoMa or Mobil: no problem! The World’s most accomplished logo designers on principles of identity design

Chermayeff & Geismar website

Think of a famous 20th-century logo, and chances are Chermayeff & Geismar designed it: Pan Am, NBC, Chase, Mobil, Library of Congress, PBS, National Geographic, Barneys, AX, the Museum of Modern Art and United Nations Development Program. The list goes on ad infinitum. Now, more than 50 years after Yale grads Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar founded their wildly influential branding and graphic design studio in New York, the two partners–along with Sagi Haviv, who became the firm’s third partner in 2007 – are set to release a monograph that covers the principles of identity design, using their own trademarks as case studies.

Fastcodesign featured excerpted parts of Identify to give an exclusive look at how Chermayeff & Geismar designed some of the most elegant, and memorable, logos of our time. Identify’s list priced at $45, but you can buy it for $28.51 on Amazon.

Chase 1960:

…[T]here is no symbol that really means banking, and no symbol that represented Chase. We turned to the idea of an abstract symbol… The blue octagonal mark is abstract but not without meaning. It suggests a Chinese coin or, with the square enclosed in an octagon, a bank vault and by extension the notion of security and trust. 

Here you can find

(some MORE of the) world’s most iconic logo designers


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