Wednesday, March 23, 2011
He was driving Petrula and me to the first Y-Conference in San Diego I ever spoke at.
Fresh off the boat from Berlin I had no concept that the grossmeister of curves was chauffeuring us down I-5.
To me, he was just a gentleman of impeccable manners and a wicked sense of humor – which prompted me to bite his ear in an attempt to make him drive faster. He took it with nonchalance. Without increasing his cruising speed. We arrived, he presented on stage, blew me and everyone else away – and when I became Graphic Design chair a year later Doyald was the first teacher I (re-)hired.
“You must be modern and stay antique” this profound quote from Astérix le Gaulois perfectly applied to Doyald,
his impeccable style and craftsmanship never prevented him from taking risks and trying new things: he did not even flinch
when I suggested to experiment in his class with a mash-up of calligraphy and automotive tape drawing techniques.
Again, with the nonchalance of a true master did he assign beautiful names of classic automobile marques to my classmates and me,
which soon after adorned the hallways of Art Center in the shape of most elegant tape drawings.
Of the many things I have learned from Doyald over the years, it is the idea of balancing the old and new, slow and fast,
serious and silly that makes true stature.
Chair Graphic Design | Dean of Special Programs
Art Center College of Design
Cabrillo High School
Graphic Design Instructor
Thursday, March 17, 2011
There will be so many amazingly wonderful thoughts, memories and teachings that he has left us all with, but as a fellow Texan I thought I would share some of “our” stories.
He and I found a common bond of growing up in the countryside of Texas, to his incredible stories of leaving home to be a wild cat in the southeast oil fields. He had this true gentleman spirit that he exuded in everything he said and touched, but I also think of the experiences that shaped him. He told of those wild days in New Orleans, working at a less than desirable hotel in the Quarter. I remember one night at dinner, he shocked the entire table by professing his love of the typeface Hobo.
A mixture of ruckus laughter as well as gasps of horror filled the air. He was THE master in his craft, yet able to see the beauty of the ugly. I was speaking to a close friend on this day of Doyald’s passing. I was trying to explain the gravity of this loss to our community. There are not words that can be expressed to the “eye” we have seen fade. He gave the gift of loving language and letterforms to generations of designers, we all have his teachings within in us at some level. There is a simply a void where he stood that will never be replaced.
To know Doyald was to be his student. His life was rich with experience, understanding and deeply felt emotions. A relationship with him meant an education in taste and over the years of our friendship he lovingly showed me his world.
Whether he talked about script fonts, teaching, movies, music, recipes, relationships, history, or literature, he articulated complex thoughts with the clarity and ease of one of his curves. What a man he was. A gentle man. Even in his last months, when he struggled to walk 20 feet without a rest, he’d still come around to open my car door for me. These small things represent so much about how Doyald navigated his life with passion, dedication, deep meaning and respect.
Doyald was a true man of letters—and of loves. But if you really knew him, he gave you the gift of his razor sharp wit. That’s when I really started learning. He could slice right though hubris and cut it into a dozen perfectly spaced pieces with ruthless riposte.
I had the honor of knowing Doyald as a close friend. The cadence of his voice will resonate in my heart for many years to come. His made an indelible mark on my life and I was truly blessed to know him.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Fall 2010 Graduate
Doyald's Got Curves class, Summer 2009
(Formal script logotype: Stephanie Kuga)
(Formal script logotype: Wayne Tang)
Doyald was a gifted artist, an astonishingly powerful teacher and well-deserving of the many accolades he received during his illustrious career. We honored Doyald at Art Center last December with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and we bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate of humane letters. The double entendre was not lost on the Art Center community.
Indeed, Doyald, the great human being and the brilliant artist, infused in every exquisite font and letterform he created his immense and passionate humanity. We deeply mourn the passing of our dear and wonderful friend.
President, Art Center College of Design
(Photo credit: Louise Sandhaus)