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Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar Hardcover – October 31, 2011

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"Chermayeff & Geismar, one of America's most historic design firms, has touched so many businesses and institutions with its signature brand of graphic modernism that New York's streetscape wouldn't be as vibrant had it never formed over 50 years ago. It is impossible to walk down a midtown Manhattan sidewalk without seeing its logos, posters, shopping bags, and other commercial and cultural brand identities, like Chase Bank and Mobil Oil. Along with hundreds of other familiar graphic marks, the firm's individual and collective contributions are indelible signposts -- some are even landmarks."

--Steven Heller

"The firm of Chermayeff & Geismar has created some of the most memorable logos in the history of graphic design, including the NBC Peacock, Chase Bank's Blue Octagon, and (literally) hundreds of others. This book reveals the history and process of creating many of the world's most iconic marks."

--Debbie Millman

About the Author

Tom Geismar
Tom Geismar is a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar and widely considered a pioneer of American graphic design. During the past four decades he has designed more than a hundred corporate identity programs. His designs for Xerox, Chase Manhattan Bank, Best Products, Gemini Consulting, PBS, Univision, Rockefeller Center and, most notably, Mobil Oil have received worldwide acclaim.

Sagi Haviv
Sagi Haviv is a partner and designer at Chermayeff & Geismar. Among his numerous projects for the firm are the logo designs and identity systems for the Library of Congress, National Parks of New York Harbor, The John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Foundation, Conservation International, and the fashion brand Armani Exchange. 

Ivan Chermayeff

A prolific designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan has created memorable, iconic images for literally hundreds of clients. As a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar with Tom Geismar, he has played a significant role in establishing the firm's worldwide reputation. His trademarks, posters, publications and art installations for contemporary buildings are widely recognized and have received nearly every award bestowed by the profession, including gold medals from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Illustrators.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440310327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book to keep as reference of corporate identity design. C&G are probably the best designers of their field, responsible for many outstanding brands. The only reason I don't rate it 5 stars is because I expected to see a little more of the construction of the most important brands, the method employed by the office to make the brand what it has become. We see just a few sketches, but not the actual work to turn it into reality.

All in all, it is a superb example of identity design, which can just make me feel jealous - or challenged, to reach at least 1/20th of what they have achieved as designers.
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A handsomely produced book of some distinctive brand identities created by Chermayeff & Geismar. Some of them must have entered the public consciousness by now: NBC (the peacock) PBS; Chase Manhattan; Mobil; Pan Am; Xerox (before the current one) National Geographic. Others have only been seen within certain industries or outside the US. There are several logos for the Turkish Koc Holdings.

The book, though, was rather disappointing for me because it's not much more than a portfolio of C&G work rather than a visual account of how each design was created. There is some quite detailed text on some of these marks which does in fact sum up the thinking behind the visual but I was expecting to see various roughs and scribbled ideas that created the final design. This does occur in a few but most pages show previous marks on a left-hand page with the logo centered on all the right-hand pages. Also missing is any explanation of why a particular typeface was chosen for those designs that are just typographic.

The pages really should have delivered more and I see that copies can be picked quite cheaply since publication in 2011. Worth getting maybe just to see these logos well printed and in a reasonable size.
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Great album of C&G identities. Not really informative about the way of creating those brands and trademarks.
But as for album with huge illustration of their logos it is fine.

Shipping was so long, it took almost 1 month to receive a package.
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the logo designs are simply magnificent.
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