The design world has lost one of its foremost visionaries and evangelists with the untimely death of James Pilditch, aged 66, following a short illness.
His vision for design was expressed not only through the company he founded but also in his prolific writing and speechmaking. James was one of the pioneers of design consultancy, founding Allied International Designers in the late 1950s, leading it to become the first publicly quoted design company and endowing it with operating philosophies which have helped shape today’s design world.
James lent his energy and experience to a wide range of design interests covering the profession, education and government. In 1983 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to design.
James always had a point of view, well-argued and subtly expressed. Often a mercurial character, he will always be remembered for his great charm. I and those who worked with him owe James a great deal. We will miss him.