Yet Another Sad Day for the World of Design


There’s something about this month that just hasn’t been quite right. Seems like there’s either one bad personal thing happening to we editors or to family and friends, and it’s been virtually non-stop losses of people we admire. Yesterday was no exception, as we learned, as did many of you, we’re sure, that Alan Fletcher passed away on Thursday of last week. Perhaps one of the most important designers of our day, his influence will continue well into the next century. Metropolis’ Paul Makovsky had a very nice piece with a little information about Fletcher:

Fletcher was born in Kenya in 1931 and was brought up in London. He attended art school in Britain and later studied at Yale under Paul Rand and Josef Albers. After a stint working as an assistant for Saul Bass, Fletcher returned to London at the end of the 50’s, and in 1962 formed Fletcher/Forbes/Gill, later becoming Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes. He went on to establish Pentagram in 1972, which went on to become an international design company. In 1994, Fletcher became Creative Director of Phaidon, where he designed numerous books, including The Art Book and The Garden Book. His 2001 book The Art of Looking Sideways, was designed to be opened at random, and reflected his philosophy and ideas which married wit and ingenuity with elegance and modern design. This November, Phaidon will publish Alan Fletcher: Picturing & Poeting.