“Be prepared to reinvent yourself. Be prepared to go out on a limb occasionally, and be prepared to do the things that you feel strongly about, that maybe other people don’t.”. – Hillman Curtis
Hillman Curtis was a filmmaker, designer, and author. I’ve discovered his work at the very beginning of my career. His work, approach, and self-initiated projects, in particular, the short documentaries on inspiring designers and artists (including Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Lawrence Weiner, Stefan Sagmeister, David Bryne, Brian Eno) were a significant influence on my development as a creative professional.
Sadly, six years ago yesterday, on April 18, 2012, Hillman passed away. He was 51 years old and died after a long and fiercely fought battle with colon cancer.
I’ve never met Hillman in person, but I had a feeling that I’ve known him. I perceived him as a long-distance mentor who was teaching me through his work and writing. When I’ve heard the news about his death, it was the first time I’ve cried over a loss of a person I’ve never actually met.
Hillman Curtis was the master of reinvention, growth, experimentation, minimalism, and a testament to the power of a creative individual.
Hillman, thank you.