Renowned Broadcast Design Artist, Harry Marks, Dies at 88

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 26, 2019
12:19 P.M.
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Harry Marks, an Emmy-winning broadcast design artist and the co-founder of TED, passed away at his home in Pebble Beach, California at the age of 88. 


His daughter confirmed Marks's death to Hollywood Reporter, saying that her father "opened up the television screen and gave motion to words and titles." 

Marks worked at ABC, NCB, and CBS for three decades and was at the forefront of emerging technologies, such as CGI. 


He was also the recipient of the Broadcast Designers Association's first Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry. 

Marks began his career at the age of 15. He worked at the Oxford University Press as a typographer and publications designer. 

Three years later, he moved from England to California, where he worked at the University of California Press. 

Some of the projects Marks worked on include "Still The One," "Elvis on Tour," and "Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen."

However, one of the most notable accomplishments was co-founding the TED conference with Richard Saul Wurman in the early eighties. 

Marks is survived by his children, Nina and Ian.