In Memory of Doyald Young

Today, Doyald Young passed away due to complications from a recent heart procedure. Doyald was a beloved teacher, lettering and logotype designer, friend and mentor. He graduated (Advertising ’55) and taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. I never personally took his class, which was the one regret I had about my time at Art Center. Many of my friends that have taken his class still apply the knowledge bestowed upon them, and regard him as one of the best teachers they have ever had. The level of craft and determination required to complete any Doyald Young class was amazing and rivaled the hardest, but students literally feared letting him down more than they did the workload. That is a sign of greatness.

Doyald, it is without hesitation that I say you will be missed by all former and future students, designers, colleagues, friends and family. Rest in Peace.

An excerpt from Doyalds Interview with Stefan Bucher:

SB: You’re also a teacher at Art Center where you teach classes in letterform design. In fact, you’ve said that you don’t see yourself as a font designer, as much as a logo designer and a teacher. Please explain.

DY: I have taught 4,000 students or more—difficult to count them up over the years, but it’s in that neighborhood. I truly enjoy teaching. Some of my dearest friends are former students and teaching is one of the most rewarding things that I’ve done.

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