HOUSTON—September 21, 2011—Wednesday evening, at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) presented Pablo Ferro, legendary designer and animator, as a guest of honor. Origin and Minor Designs were proud to underwrite the event.
In his iconic red scarf, Ferro engaged the standing-room-only audience with clips of his past projects. From early bumpers and short films to mid-sixties commercials and modern film title sequences, his work represented an evolution of animation and design for film and television.
Immigrating from a small Cuban farm in the 1940’s, New York City was a revelation to the teenaged Ferro—fertile ground for creativity and artistic expression—and he soon became part of this creative flow, teaching himself animation from a book by Disney animator Preston Blair and pouring himself into the art form with everything he had.
In the mid 1950’s, he met his mentor, former Disney animator William Tytla, and worked with a young Stan Lee, who would become a comic book legend and head of Marvel Comics. Ferro went on to co-found several small studios with partners, producing a body of work that came to the attention of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
He made a name for himself in the film and television industry, designing the opening sequence for Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” and the montage scene for the original “Thomas Crown Affair.” He created the first full-color version of NBC’s famous peacock logo and title sequences for shows such as “Family Ties.” From “Married to the Mob” to “Beetlejuice,” “Clockwork Orange” to “Good Will Hunting,” Ferro has had a fingerprint on most of the films from the past 50 years, and he has over 70 National and International awards to prove it.
He is also free with advice for young designers and animators.
“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes,” Pablo says. His voice is a gentle Cuban-New Yorker mix. “Mistakes are where amazing things happen. Mistakes are when you see things you never would have thought of before.”