Michael Gericke

Michael Gericke studied graphic design at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Pentagram in 1986, he worked for Communication Arts in Boulder, Colorado, where he produced many projects combining graphics with three-dimensional design.

Michael Gericke's images and programs are known for their simplicity and clarity, and often portray the essential qualities of the object or topic he is representing. His team's work encompasses a wide variety of assignments and media, including identities, environmental graphics, exhibitions and communications design for a broad range of international clients, institutions, public agencies and cultural organizations.


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.

Michael Gericke has served on the Executive Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), is a frequent lecturer at universities and professional organizations, and has taught identity design at the Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Michael is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), the Advisory Council of the Center for Architecture, and the Board of Directors of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.

View more of Michael Gericke's work at Pentagram.

Cornell Tech

Honor Award 2019
Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech is a new campus for technology on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Located in the East River between Midtown Manhattan and Long Island City, the graduate school is poised to become a global center for collaboration and innovation.

The digital age is making it easier, faster and cheaper to develop new products and services than ever before. Cornell Tech is building a diverse environment of academics and practitioners who excel at imagining, researching and building digitally-enabled products and services to directly address societal and commercial needs.

City Point

Merit Award 2018
City Point

City Point is the largest food, shopping and entertainment destination in the center of Downtown Brooklyn, also known as "DoBro." Located at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street, the 1.8-million-square-foot mixed-use development is poised to dramatically transform the area.

Pentagram worked closely on the project with Acadia Realty Trust, which is developing City Point in partnership with Washington Square Partners and Extell Development. The Pentagram team shaped the program to express Brooklyn’s diversity and inclusiveness. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Signage

Merit Award 2017
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Signage

In December 2014, following a three-year renovation that has restored the historic Andrew Carnegie Mansion and increased the museum’s exhibition space by 60 percent, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopened to the public. Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and Eddie Opara have collaborated on the graphics for the revitalized institution, including a bold new graphic identity, website, signage, wayfinding, and exhibition graphics.

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