On the Passing of Hillman Curtis

Hillman Curtis and what he meant to me.

I was incredibly saddened last week to receive an email from a friend of mine letting me know that Hillman passed away on April 18, 2012.

I hadn’t spoken to Hillman for a few years, so news of his passing came as a shock to me. During key moments in my creative growth I would call him and he was always happy to dispense advice. I was very lucky to be able to count on him for sound guidance.

I came into Hillman’s studio at a turbulent time for him creatively speaking. At the time I didn’t get it, but he was struggling with the design industry ethos, and was looking towards the transition into film. Ten years later I can say that I understand just where he was at. Probably not to the same degree, but it was valuable for me early in my career to see someone grappling with an industry that constantly pulls on creative integrity. It was valuable, especially now, for me to see someone interested in chasing passion, not dollars. Especially in the era we live in today.

Thanks for all you did for me Hillman. Especially all of the doors you kicked open.