Cuban-born American graphic designer Pablo Ferro has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his film title work, Pablo died as a result of complications following pneumonia this weekend just gone.
One of the self-taught animator’s first real forays into the world of design came when he paired up with the late, great Marvel head-honcho Stan Lee on a series of sci-fi comics in the late 1950s. He then went on to specialise in movies, with his work featuring in over 100 films, most notably the madcap Stanley Kubrick classic, Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. His hand-drawn overlays for that film’s iconic credit sequence have made it one of the most loved in Hollywood history.
Pablo continued to work until the 1990s, providing visual material for films as diverse as Silence of the Lambs, Men in Black, and the Eddie Murphy-remake of Doctor Doolittle.
As industry insiders Variety point out in its obituary, 12 of the films Pablo lent a hand to picked up Oscars; a pretty impressive haul by anyone’s standards.
His name might not be immediately familiar to those outside film buff circles, but you’ll likely know a tonne of the man’s work. Catch up on a career-spanning collection of it below.
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- The latest issue of Der Greif takes a shockingly explicit look at censorship (NSFW)
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- Taschen’s recent release celebrates “the greatest cat photographer of the 20th Century”
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- Suzy Chan’s portfolio boasts original graphic design, animation, typography and so much more
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