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Mitch Shostak Remembered

Mitch Shostak Remembered

BY ARTHUR HOCHSTEIN / Illustration by Sean McCabe

On June 25, 2014, the design community and a large circle of friends lost one of its favorite sons, Mitch Shostak. SPD posted something immediately, when the sad news was fresh, before there was time to reflect. This post contains remembrances from those who knew and loved him.

On September 16 from 6-8pm there will be a gathering of friends and colleagues at the School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th Street, 15th Floor, in Manhattan, to celebrate Mitch's life. 

Mitch really knew how to live--his life was filled with friends, fishing trips (catch-and-release, of course), bike rides, jazz, travel, and single-malt Scotch tastings with a garrulous group. He was always at the center, the centripetal force that gathered people together. And at the center of his center was the love of his life, his wife Carolyn.

Younger SPD members may not know Mitch. Many years ago, after working at several top-tier publications, he opted to form his own studio, Shostak Studios, which designed a lot of publications that didn't have the visibility or star power of the Vanity Fairs, New York magazines, and Wireds of our world.


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