is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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I studied at the Illustrator’s Workshop in Tarrytown, NY at Marymont College in the summer of 1977. Bernie, and five of his contemporaries [Cober, Heindel, Peak, Otnes, and English] led a group of fellow illustrator wanna-bees for an entire month under the direction of Mike Smollin. Bernie was a terrific guy and a great talent. His style is often [badly] duplicated even today.
Mr Fuchs’ beautiful mastery of line and color inspired me as a kid to pursue a career in the graphic arts. It seemed every magazine I picked up back in those days had at least one illustration in it that he had done. In the pre-Google era back then, I would conscientiously seek out any and all magazines I could find at news stands, dentist offices and libraries that contained a Fuchs illustration, and sometimes, I would tear ads out to study and admire his work.
I am so saddened at learning of the death of
Bernie Fuchs. I am chocked! Still so young at 76!
I’m myself approaching 70 and it is scary.
I remember being introduced to his work for the
first time, going through the pages of “Sports
Illustrated” in the early sixties, at the start
of my own career and saying to myself–this is
the kind of work I want to be doing!! And from
that day-on, I followed his career closely with
admiration and I admit, a bit of envy.
His talent has influenced many illustrators
including myself. Bernie will be remembered has
a major superstar of this period. I am grateful
for his contribution to the profession and I
shall miss him.
It was sad to hear of the passing of Bernie Fuchs. He was such an inspiration – similar to the likes of Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Kenneth Paul Block and Bob Peak. These artists were the inspiration that led me to attending art school in Seattle and later my advertising career in NY.
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