Hillman Curtis, 1961-2012

Hillman Curtis, designer, author and filmmaker, died yesterday aged 51 after a long battle with colon cancer.

Starting out as a musician, Curtis reinvented himself time after time, moving from music to graphic design to digital design to filmmaking over an impressively varied career. He began his design career at Macromedia, becoming art director and embracing interactive Flash design at its inception. He went on to form hillmancurtis, inc., working on projects for clients including Yahoo, Adobe, Paramount and The Metropolitan Opera.

As an author, Curtis published books on design and filmmaking, and became an accomplished filmmaker in his own right, with the critically celebrated Artist Series, which saw him interviewing the likes of Milton Glaser and Paula Scher, as well as the feature-length Ride, Rise, Roar documentary about David Byrne and Brian Eno. More recently he worked on The Happy Film with Stefan Sagmeister.

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