Guy Schockaert
1949-2013
red dot award: communication design 2004: Presentation of the "red dot: grand prix" to Sun and Carlos Segura, Segura Inc., Chicago. In the back from left to right: Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Mervyn Kurlansky, Kurt Weidemann, Jean-Jacques Schaffner, Guy Schockaert

In memory of communication designer and red dot juror Guy Schockaert

The world of design has lost one of its most outstanding typographers and graphic designers. Guy Schockaert passed away on 11 January 2013 and leaves a gap that he once filled with more than 40 years of professional work for industrial and cultural institutions. Due to his extensive expertise, he has been a juror of the “red dot award: communication design” for several times and evaluated all works submitted fair and with an expert’s eye.

Guy Schockaert was born in Courtrai, Belgium in 1949. After studying graphic arts and visual communication at the Institut Saint-Luc, Bruxelles he became an assistant to Michel Olyff before becoming self-employed as a graphic designer in 1971. His graphic studio "Ad hoc Design" was specialised in corporate identity, books and brochures for a range of clients including Alfac, 3M, Plantin, Sic and RTBF. Schockaert advocated "rigour and emotion" in the message.

He has given numerous talks, has been active in teaching since the beginning of his career and was a tireless proponent of professional organisations such as Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) where he was President from 1997 to 1999. He was one of the initiators of "Design for the World", an organisation that is dedicated to finding "design" solutions to humanitarian problems. Since 2003 he has been President of Ydesign Foundation. In 2007, Schockaert has been presented the Icograda President’s Award, which honoured him for his outstanding contributions to the institution.

Guy Schockaert’s last compliment was sent out by e-mail to his fellows on the day he died, in which he stated: “I left our world this morning convinced that a paradise exists somewhere for graphic designers.”