Graphic Life: Celebrating Places, Telling Stories, Making Symbols, Michael Gericke


Michael Gericke (Pentagram) presented the keynote address which focused on his newly published book Michael Gericke: Graphic Life. This 520-page publication celebrates Michael’s life as a graphic designer and his 35+ career at Pentagram. You can learn more about Graphic Life in this SEGD article.

Michael Gericke is a partner in Pentagram’s New York office and joined the firm in 1985. Michael’s images and programs are known for celebrating and portraying the essential qualities of the place or experience he is representing. His work frequently crosses between image making, communications and the built environment, and encompasses a wide-range of design areas, including visual identities, environmental graphics, wayfinding, exhibitions, media programs, and advertising.

Michael has received hundreds of accolades from design associations and museums, including Fortune magazine's Beacon Award for the creation of outstanding strategic design programs. His identity, poster and three-dimensional work appears regularly in international design exhibitions and is represented in the permanent collections of the Musée de la Poste in Paris, the Warsaw Poster Museum at Wilanów, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the Neue Sammlung Museum in Munich, Japan's Ogaki Museum and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.