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.

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.

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
New York City

Pentagram - GlaxoSmithKline

Photo of graphics for GlaxoSmithKline

Pentagram (New York) Partner Michael Gericke and his team designed a bold program of large-scale environmental graphics for the new U.S. headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline, the global pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare company. Located in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, the innovative “smart” workspace is 100% mobile: no one has an assigned desk, not even the company president. Pentagram’s iconic graphics help foster a spirit of connection for a new collaborative way of working.

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