Saturday, 13 November 2010

Neil Fujita RIP

Neil Fujita obituary
Hawaiian-born graphic designer best known for his innovative album and book covers

Michael Carlson
Friday 5 November 2010

Neil Fujita, who has died aged 89, made a lasting impact in the field of graphic design. He revolutionised the concept of album covers for Columbia Records in the 1950s, and in the following decade produced book covers with outwardly simple designs of great power, most notably for Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Mario Puzo's The Godfather.

Fujita brought the influence of modern art, including his own paintings, into his work, but rather than using them as decoration, he emphasised the concept of the cover reflecting the music or words inside. The designer Milton Glaser said Fujita "distinguished himself by having a rigorous design objective. It was a kind of synthesis of Bauhaus principles and Japanese sensibility."

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