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.

Pentagram - NYC DOT Look!

Photo of LOOK campaign for New York City

Pentagram (New York), working with the New York City Department of Transportation, has designed a playful new symbol and campaign that reminds pedestrians and drivers to look out for each other before entering crosswalks and intersections; “LOOK!”—created by Michael Bierut and team—is being introduced with a marketing campaign written and designed by Pentagram.

Pentagram - Air Transport Association

Pentagram (New York) Partners Michael Gericke and Michael Bierut developed a new name, mission statement, and identity for the Air Transport Association, the trade organization of the principal U.S. airlines. Rebranded as Airlines for America (or “A4A”), with the tagline “We Connect the World,” the association is represented by a symbol of five planes coming together to form a star, a visual metaphor for a group of airlines working in concert for their country.

Arizona Cardinals Stadium

Honor Award
Arizona Cardinals Stadium, Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority, Pentagram, Entro Communications

In its new world-class stadium designed by Eisenman Architects and HOK Sport, the Arizona Cardinals can boast a retractable roof and the only retractable grass playing field in North America. The state-of-the-art facility is also the site of the 2008 Super Bowl. Thanks to a high-impact environmental graphics program by Pentagram Design, the stadium also provides a one-of-a-kind destination for football fans.

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7 World Trade Center

Merit Award
7 World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties, Pentagram

The rebirth of 7 World Trade Center was significant to Lower Manhattan in many ways. The original building was destroyed on September 11, 2001, and the new 52-story building is the first permanent structure to rise from the World Trade Center site. It was also the first LEED skyscraper in New York and was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold status.

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Glory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957

Merit Award
Glory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957, Museum of the City of New York, Pentagram

This exhibition celebrated the remarkable achievements, personalities, and spirit of New York’s beloved baseball teams between 1947 and 1957. Featuring many artifacts never before displayed for public viewing, the exhibition told its stories through archival photos, film footage, memorabilia, and ephemera from the museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and private collections.

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Ground Zero Viewing Wall

Honor Award
Ground Zero Viewing Wall, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Pentagram

The designers created a viewing wall at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The 13-foot-high wall, the most visited historic site in the U.S., is expected to be in place for the next five to eight years.

To the visiting public, the wall offers safety, accessibility, and sensitivity. To the government agencies charged with the site's redevelopment, it offers transparency (of process) and flexibility.

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What Pat Moynihan Said About That

Honor Award, Lot with a Little
What Pat Moynihan Said About That, Municipal Art Society, Pentagram

This memorial exhibition on legendary outspoken New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was mounted by Moynihan's friends and colleagues, as a personal tribute to his life through words and pictures. A gifted writer and politician, Moynihan was well known for his pithy commentary and passionate correspondence, typed out on his trusty Smith-Corona typewriter.

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