It is with sadness that I relay news of the death of type designer Phill Grimshaw on 27 July after a long fight against illness. He was a gifted yet modest artisan and a loyal friend to many who will feel a sense of loss at his passing.
From faces created at Letraset’s drawing studio in the days of dry-transfer to more recent work for ITC, his designs remain popular.
His presence at international calligraphic symposiums, as a speaker or delegate, illustrated his remarkable skill and his continued eagerness to learn.
His premature death spares him the pain and frustrations of illness, yet at the same time robs us of a man whose gift for, and love of his pursuit was infectious and inspiring. I’m sure anyone who knew Phill would join me in expressing our deepest condolences to his family.