Mitch Shostak, 1950-2014

Mitch Shostak, 1950-2014 One of our community's greatest friends and supporters has left us too soon. Mitch Shostak passed away on June 25; he was 63.

Mitch was an art director for American Express, IBM, Money, The New York Times, People, BusinessWeek, Scholastic, and Sports Illustrated. He moved to San Francisco in 1991 to work as art director of PC World. In 1993 Mitch returned to New York City and established Shostak Studios, where he created the visual direction of countless magazines.

Mitch served on the Board of Directors of SPD and was a great advisor and friend to many in our community. We'll have a full appreciation here in the near future.

  • Josh Klenert

    Such sad news. Mitch was such a good guy. I bumped into him frequently in Tribeca and we always had a good laugh while catching up, talking shop and baseball.

  • JavierJRDG

    I met Mitch when doing illustration work for him at The New York Times in the eighties, where he was art director, we quickly became good friends. I remember our back and forth chats about Mitch starting his own firm and then seeing him grow his business, but way beyond his great talent and successful career Mitch was a wonderful human being a warm, humble person, a great friend that will be tremendously missed. Rest in peace my friend. Very sad.

  • Jeff Berlin

    A prince among men!

  • Benita Raphan

    Mitch was a wonderful man, faculty member and mentor to hundreds of SVA students. He will be missed countless designers who he helped get their start.

  • Lisa Altomare

    Mitch was one of the very first Art Directors I had the great fortune of meeting and later working for. As a college graduate, I will never forget his warmth and encouragement as he reviewed my school portfolio. He was welcoming, generous, a great mentor, and a kind person without fail. His talent was exceptional. And his dedication to creating both great work for his clients - while also encouraging and developing so many talented individuals in the industry - noteworthy. Mitch will be greatly missed!

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