October 27, 1924 – October 15, 2020
Ed Benguiat was born on October 27, 1924 and passed away on October 15, 2020 and is under the care of Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors.
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October 19, 2020
Dear Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you be surrounded by the comfort and love of family and friends and may Ed’s memory live in your heart forever. - Marjorie Windman Oxman
October 18, 2020
Around 1980 or 1981, with aspirations of getting an entry level position in an ad agency bullpen (back in the days when they used bullpens), I enrolled in Ed's Typography workshop at SVA in NYC. His final class assignment was a competition. Each student was instructed to design an original 3 dimensional font and bring to class a sample letter in the style created. The winner was to receive a surprise award. To my surprise, Ed singled out my entree as best in competition. My prize - one half of a dollar bill, which he signed. I never did get a Madison Avenue job, going into film editing instead. But I held onto that prize, tucking it away for safekeeping. I think now I'm going to frame it. Kind of wish I still had the winning entree to go with it.
October 18, 2020
I was Ed’s caregiver for about 3 years. I enjoyed listening to all his stories, from his musical days, flying planes to his amazing work in typography.
He was a very generous and caring man.
I was honored to have known him.
RIP my friend!
October 18, 2020
I got my button on a frozen February night. Probably ‘75. At that coffee shop on Second Avenue after class. Whether I earned it for honest effort, or the way I caught Ed’s beat and tapped in time as he riffed on life, that button is the most valuable thing I’ve ever been given. 1.5” across with a pin in the back, Ed had them made from the centerpiece of a giant poster he had designed to make us lust for Bicentennial-themed alphabets. He said the button matched one of the markings on his plane and so to hold that button was to possess a piece of Ed’s energy, to feel connected to his world, to have done something right.
Ed told his students we had to work to be The Best or we wouldn’t survive in our business. After so many years, I know I owe my survival to the confidence he bestowed on me that cold winter night.
A former student posted this beautifully articulated tribute on LinkedIn:
“... just being around someone who shone so brightly changed us in a fundamental way”.
Thank you, again, Ed, for all your brilliance.
My kindest thoughts to Lisa and all the Benguiat family.
October 16, 2020
Ed was my teacher at SVA in 1980, right when the Benguait typeface was published. The purpose of the class was to sketch recognizable typefaces quickly for ad layout. I became hooked on typography and committed to a design career. Ed had a lot of sass and funny stories. He had great skill and taught us to design using found objects -- for instance, paint spatters from a squirrel hair brush were used as periods in a certain font. Around two years ago I was able to find Ed, emailed him and then we had several great phone calls about design. He (wisely) refused to critique the work of designers who sought him out, but I think he enjoyed looking at it. -- David Schiffer, Brooklyn, New York