Pablo Ferro, who designed everything from the title sequence of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove to the hand-lettered logo for Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, died last Friday at his home in Sedona, Arizona from complications of pneumonia. He was 83.
In the world of movie titles, Ferro was considered one of its godfathers, right up there alongside the likes of Saul Bass and Maurice Binder. Forgoing an easily identifiable style, Ferro was known for creating work with a hand-crafted touch, especially with his eccentric lettering skills, and for his formal experimentation with cinematic techniques like quick cuts and split-screen. A selection of his work can be seen below:
Ferro’s body of work extended beyond titles; among his most iconic accomplishments was the madcap trailer for A Clockwork Orange: