Amid Capeci, 1961-2012
We received the very sad news today that one of our own, art director Amid Capeci passed away. He was an award-winning art director for Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and Entertainment Weekly, and SPD Board member who worked with so many SPD members. He will be missed.
Jeff Giles shared this letter from Amid's wife, Amy via the Newsweek alumni Facebook page this morning:
See some of Amid's covers after the jump...
Dear friends,Amid passed away tonight. He was comfortable and surrounded by family.He has been very weak these past few days in the hospital. But he let us know with a few words or a nod or a name that he was listening and could feel the love of all the people who were important to him. We spent much of today reading aloud the dozens of extraordinary emails we were receiving. We had been working on a slideshow of photographs and decided to watch it this evening. With the computer at the foot of the bed and us gathered around Amid, we watched the pictures, laughing and crying as we described them to him. We believe he was still listening and sharing the experience with us in his final minutes. In its own way, it was as joyous and beautiful as the life he lived.We are so grateful for all of your thoughts, prayers, and messages of love and support in recent days. They are such a comfort to us.Plans for a service are being made and will be shared.I'm sure this email is missing many people. Feel free to pass it on.With love,Amy and family
Newsweek, 2008. illustration by Lorenzo Petrantoni
Newsweek, illustration by Peter Max
Newsweek, October 20, 2006
Newsweek, illustration: Gluekit
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Update: The Daily Beast: Amid Capeci, Decorated Magazine Designer, Dies at 50
Beloved magazine designer Amid Capeci, who died of melanoma Tuesday, was only a boyish 50. Jeff Giles at Entertainment Weekly remembers his colleague.
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Rolling Stone, May 4, 2006
Rolling Stone, December 29, 2005
Rolling Stone, August 19, 2004
Rolling Stone, May 18, 2006
Entertainment Weekly, June 3, 2011
Thanks to Joe Hutchinson, Bruce Ramsay, and the folks at Entertainment Weekly for collecting these covers.
Update: A standing-room-only crowd filled Holy Cross Church in New York City Saturday for the funeral of Amid Capeci, Art Director of Entertainment Weekly. Three eulogies were presented, from his sister, his best friend, and Jon Meacham, his former editor at Newsweek and the current executive editor of Random House. The text of Meacham's eulogy follows:
He loved breaking news, great photography, bold typography, pop culture, fad diets, presidential politics, cashews, Oreos, the New Frontier, classic comic books, Barney's, Balthazar, his many colleagues--and, though he denied it later, Cosmopolitans.Most of all, of course, Amid adored Amy and their two beautiful children, Virginia and Luca. His love for them--his joy in them and in their lives together--was infectious and transporting.Amid and I came to Newsweek about the same time, in the middle of the Clinton years. From Diana to Bush v. Gore to September 11, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Obama, Amid was an unflagging anddevoted journalist and artist, capturing history as it happened with verve and style. At Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, he chronicled the life and times of his life and times. He did it all with grace and wit and an honesty and clarity of character that won him that rarest of professional combinations: respect and affection.Through those same years there were marriages and babies; first birthdays and accumulating wedding anniversaries. You could have no better friend than Amid in times of crisis or of celebration. If you were down, Amid lifted you up. If you were happy, Amid was the first to raise a glass. He knew who he was. He was comfortable in his own skin. He neither posed nor preened.And he was proud--in the best sense of the term--of the world in which he worked. For Amid, magazine-making was nothing short of magical. He was bewitched by the romance of publishing, by the glamour, however faded, of it all--the late nights, the last-minute changes, the crashed covers. Many designers hate chaos. Amid loved chaos. There were deadlines and mad scrambles, near-misses and hard-fought triumphs.Amid had a storyteller's sensibility, a knack for seeing the world in the way a painter or a novelist does. For him life was a grand, character-driven epic in which all of our virtues and vices and hopes and fears and egos and insecurities were on vivid display. Yet in a world given to intrigue and to gossip, Amid was a gentleman with a bottomless capacity for friendship.He had his own vernacular, of course. Layouts that were not quite viewable were "in the soup."If he said pages were coming "after lunch," you knew you'd see them about dinnertime.At Entertainment Weekly, a decision best deferred? That, in Amid-speak, was "a Monday problem." At Newsweek, it was "a Friday night problem." At Rolling Stone, it was a "week-2 problem."Amid had the best jobs in a business he loved, but let's be honest: his natural habitat, the place where he would truly have been happiest, was Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce--the agency in "Mad Men." In a profound way, he was Don Draper without the adultery or the cigarettes.One of Amid's favorite places in the world to be was his downstairs study at home--a cheerful, eclectic room that offers us a window on his mind and his heart. There are original posters from "Star Wars," "Jaws," and "The Sweet Smell of Success." Bound editions of Fortune from the 1930s. A vintage matchbook from "21." Photographs of backstage moments at a 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate and the final episode of "Seinfeld." Original strips of "Blondie," featuring, naturally, Dagwood Bumstead. Ashtrays from the Stork Club, the Copa, and the 1939 World's Fair. A set of DVDs from the 1980s--"Footloose," "Pretty in Pink," "Some Kind of Wonderful," and "Top Gun" sits easily alongside "Casablanca," "The Little Rascals" and "The Best of Jack Benny."Most important, there is a carefully crafted Pinewood Derby racecar Luca made in carpentry, mounted with paternal pride on a small stand. And there is a wonderful handmade penguin pencil cup Virginia gave to Amid for the shelf behind his desk.There, among the things he loved, you can almost hear that laugh even still--God, how Amid laughed so easily and so thoroughly. There was something redemptive about that laugh, and about his talent for love. His smile lit up our lives. His grace made rough passages smooth. In life he gave us great gifts, and in death he has left us with a great obligation: to strive to be as a good a man, as good a spouse, as good a parent, and as good a friend as he was.Amid designed many things; he was an artist, a passionate one and a great one. And his truest masterpiece was the love he shared and the life he led.May light perpetual shine upon him.