Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Rick Tharp R.I.P.

Rick Tharp's work made an early impression on me in my design education/career. The cleverness and humor in many of his ideas (did you ever look closely at the clock at the Peninsula Fountain & Grill?) inspired me to try to be clever and humorous in some of my own designs.

I also, inexplicably, found some pride in the fact that he was local to me when I lived in Los Gatos for eight and-a-half years. I drove by his studio almost every day but I never plucked up the courage to go in and meet him.

He died in 2005, apparently a suicide, and I didn't even know it.

A much more detailed and interesting article on Tharp can be found at



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