Michael Gericke

Michael Gericke is the author of Graphic Life, published by Images Publishing, a 520-page monograph, with a preface by Moshe Safdie and an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger, of work that has been driven by a celebration of places, telling stories, and making symbols.

His work lies at the intersection of image making, communications and the built environment, and encompasses a wide-range of design areas, including visual identities, environmental graphics, posters, e-media, exhibitions, books, and advertising. It is widely seen and includes the “AirTrain” that connects Manhattan to Newark and JFK International Airports, 21st Century Fox, the US’s bid for the 2022 World Cup, CBS’s television coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, and the identity, events, signage, promotions and advertising for Rockefeller Center, its Rainbow Room, and Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

Michael has been actively involved in the design efforts for Lower Manhattan since 2001, and he has overseen the design of major graphics programs for One World Trade Center – the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere; the four new towers at the World Trade Center site designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merill, Richard Rogers, Fumihiko Maki and Big; and the PATH rail hub by Santiago Calatrava.

Michael’s cultural work includes the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim’s new museum in Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles's Skirball Cultural Center and the 100th anniversary exhibition for the New York Public Library’s iconic 42nd Street Schwartzman Building.

Jake Chessum

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