Chermayeff & Geismar

Symbols, logotypes and graphic design from the last five decades

Chermayeff & Geismar

Considered as one of the most brilliant graphic designers of the 20thcentury, Ivan Chermayeff has created a number of truly memorable designs with his partner Tom Geismar. Through his unique and exceptional work on the emblem, logo and corporate identity designs of Koç Holding and various other Koç companies, he has made it possible for the names of these institutions, and by extension Turkey, to be acknowledged by the world of design.

Since its founding in 1957, Chermayeff & Geismar has pioneered a transformation in the practice of graphic design. Located in New York but working for clients in many countries, especially Turkey, they have pursued a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach across a broad range of projects and disciplines, from the development of scores of famous trademarks to the design of notable museum exhibitions, from hundreds of imaginative posters for cultural events to large-scale artworks for distinguished architectural projects. Throughout all these tasks, Chermayeff & Geismar's work has remained consistent, not in style, but in its approach to design. Accepting the Modernist ideal that design is a problem-solving discipline, they have sought to humanize that ideal through humor, artistic invention and an entrepreneurial spirit. This catalogue presents a selection of emblems and logos produced by Chermayeff & Geismar for more than 50 brands among the companies they work with from business, art and cultural life.

Date of Publication: 2007
Number of pages:

7 Foreword
Suna & İnan Kiraç

9 Preface
Rahmi M. Koç

16 Introduction
Steven Heller

26 Some Thoughts on Design
Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismer

31 Acknowledgements

32 Logos, Illustrations and Photographs

264 Index 

Chermayeff & Geismar

In 2007, the galleries of Pera Museum hosted the works of outstanding artist  Ivan Chermayeff and his esteemed partner Tom Geismar, who were the distinguished guests of the Museum and of Turkey. 

Chermayeff & Geismar