Rest in Peace: Hillman Curtis

We just learned of the passing of Hillman Curtis. After a long battle with colon cancer, Hillman left this world on April 18, 2012 at 51 years old, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.

Speaking for myself, Hillman was a huge influence. Early on, when I didn’t know up from down or left from right, I was looking for mentors. I was looking for someone to guide me through the fog of building a career in creative services.

I lived in Austin at the time, so finding such a person wasn’t easy. Like a lot of neophytes, I turned to books. And that’s where I met Hillman Curtis. Through his writing, he taught me animation for the web, the fundamentals of design and most importantly: how to create the best work you can possibly create. Later, through his films, he inspired me to push my boundaries by learning about others who had pushed them before me.

Hillman himself was a consummate boundary pusher. For this, he is celebrated. Thanks, Hillman. Rest in peace.

Thanks to Jeffrey Welk for the nudge.