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.
- Yuri Suzuki on how the key design tool is always communication
- Anna Sullivan creates a look back at the fascinating tradition of stilt walking shepherds
- Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared to debut at Sundance Film Festival
- Director Angela Stephenson documents Manila's defiance for creative freedom in the narco-state
- Friday Mixtape: Anthony Naples takes us from the party to the after party
- Yung Hua Chen’s photography is effortlessly glamorous
- Alex Gamsu Jenkins’ comics remind us of how gross we really are
- Pop culture powerhouse Bryan Rivera's 2018 in graphic design
- Don't worry, be angry: how politics and creativity collided in 2018
- Vice magazine's creative team talks us through its new and unexpectedly different redesign
- DIA channels NYC and gives Squarespace its signature kinetic treatment in brand refresh
- London Art Fair gets an abstract and textural rebrand for 2019