Doyald Young, 1926–2011

Doyald Young It is with deep sadness that we report of the passing of Doyald Young, beloved teacher, lettering and logotype designer, friend and mentor. Young passed away today due to complications following a recent heart operation. He graduated from Art Center with a degree in Advertising in 1955. Art Center received the following message the morning of March 1, 2011 from Jim Whitney, Doyald’s life partner.

Doyald Young, Teacher and Friend:

Doyald knew going into the heart operation that he was not the ideal candidate for several reasons:

  • During WWII he tried to join the army and was rejected due to asthma
  • He was a heavy smoker up until age 50, and the combination of these left him with irreparable lung damage and difficulty breathing
  • Several silent heart attacks over the last few years left him with a damaged mitral valve and six stints
  • Stomach bleeding problems also prevented him from using Plavix (the normal anti-clotting agent used to prevent plaque buildup on the stints).

At any rate, Doyald decided to go ahead with the operation to repair the valve along with a quadruple bypass, because he had so little breath that some nights he literally could not sleep due to the effort required to consciously focus on breathing.

Unfortunately, the gamble did not pay off as we all hoped it would. Doyald passed away today due to complications of the operation, primarily due to liver damage, but also complete failure of the kidneys complicated the recovery process.

His wishes were to be cremated. There will be a memorial service planned for a later date. I will send details as soon as plans are finalized.

Doyald would want all of you to know how much he appreciated your love and support in this difficult time. We all feel the tremendous loss of a brilliant and wonderful human being.

Doyald’s life and work touched designers around the world, including AIGA Minnesota members who saw Doyald speak at Design Camp® in 2010 and Luncheons in 2004. His legacy and inspiration will live forever.

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Amy Schleichert
Amy Schleichert
Director of Communications
A lifelong artist and emerging designer, Amy has been a member of AIGA since 2012, which is when she attended her first Portfolio 1-on-1 event as a college student. Since receiving her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2013, she has worked as a graphic designer for Bōbiam, a retail merchandise company, the Minnesota Orchestra, a Grammy-Award winning orchestra, and is currently a designer at Sigma Beauty, an international cult cosmetic brand headquartered in Minnesota. Recognizing the need to be an active participant in the design community, Amy was nominated to serve as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Communications. In this position, she maintains all chapter communications, and serves various working committees in order to best accomplish their individual goals.

In her free time, she enjoys sharpening her culinary skills, playing music, getting creative in the art studio, sweating it out at the gym, and exploring new places. She is also a big proponent of the Oxford comma and drinking a glass of red wine daily.