Obituary: Pat Gorman

Pat Gorman

Pat Gorman, co-designer of the iconic MTV logo and leader in the graphic design world since the 1980s, has died.

Ms. Gorman was born in New York City in 1947 and raised in Whitestone, New York. She is the second child of actor Tom Gorman and Madeleine Hooley Gorman, an actress and teacher.

Ms. Gorman was a co-founder of Manhattan Design and best known for the iconic MTV logo they designed, pioneering the innovative concept that “Logos Could Change” and for which she received many awards, including a Clio, an MTV award as well as being named one of the top 100 graphic designs of the 20th century award. Ms. Gorman is responsible for many of the early MTV animations and was sculptor of the moon man MTV award statue. She conceived of and designed sets for several of their awards shows as well as many of the popular souvenir items like shirts, caps, towels and more.

Ms. Gorman also co-designed many album covers and souvenir items for groups like Talking Heads, REM, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, 10,000 Maniacs, The Cars, Katrina and the Waves, the B-52s, The Scorpions, Natalie Merchant, and more. Additional graphic design accomplishments include winning UN Population Day poster contests and the design of a number of early popular Swatch watches, clothing and accessories.

A Pratt Institute trained fine artist, Ms. Gorman’s work and designs have been exhibited in various galleries in New York and elsewhere.

In addition to her accomplishments in the world of visual art, Ms. Gorman was a Master of T’ai Chi Chuan, and co- founded the School of T’ai Chi Chuan in New York City, and also co-created the T’ai Chi Foundation to promote these healthy exercises in the western world. She is the author and creator of “Roots and Branches 5 Element Qi Gong,” a DVD and online exercise regimen.

Ms. Gorman became one of the first licensed acupuncturists in New York holding license #279. She has a Master’s Degree and Advanced Teacher’s Certification in Acupuncture, and found time to treat patients and Teach 5 Element Acupuncture in the United States and abroad with her acupuncturist and teacher husband, Stephen Flores for over 25 years.

Ms. Gorman and her husband have acupuncture practices in New York City and Bridgehampton where she was active in the local Unitarian Universalist Congregation and a writer in the Herstory Writer’s Workshop.

Ms. Gorman is survived by her husband of 29 years, Stephen Flores, her brothers, Michael Gorman and Peter Gorman, and sisters Peggy Lehman, Barbara Errico, and Regina Leonard; and 24 nieces, nephews and cousins.