David Crow

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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the sudden death on Friday 10 June 2022 of Professor David Crow. He died peacefully after a short illness, supported by his closest loved ones. Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved him, especially his partner and family. 


A tribute has been published celebrate David's life and work: https://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/press-office/stories/a-tribute-to-david-crow


We invite you to share your personal reflections, memories, messages and pictures on this page. 


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Portrait of David Crow | Credit: David LeveneHeader image credit: Sculpture works by Diamond Nuchjalearn, 2021 MA Fine Art: Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL | Photograph: Ben Turner

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Claudia Ramalho published a tribute .

This is such a devastating news, massive loss. My thoughts are with the family and friends. Rest in Peace Dear David

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Professor Malcolm Press Cbe published a tribute .

David was a super colleague and a wonderfully creative leader. It was a privilege to have him as part of my senior team. He made a difference to the lives of so many and will be sorely missed by all those who loved him and knew him.

Professor Malcolm Press CBE, Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Ual Student published a tribute .

All my support to his closest ones in this difficult time

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Ual Student published a comment .

All my support to his closest ones in this difficult time.

I am a current student at UAL and professors like David make a huge impact in young people’s lives, giving them confidence to pursue their passion and their dreams despite the obstacles of embracing a creative career.

David, you will be remembered. Thank you for everything.

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Ual Student published a tribute .

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Masakazu Shimada published a tribute .

Bunkyo Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, owes much to the late Professor David Crow and we are so grieved that we cannot accept this grief.
I first met Professor David Crow in 2016, when he came to Japan to discuss the next step of the “UAL×BGU Japanese Traditional Crafts Programme”, a joint project between UAL
and Bunkyo Gakuin University, that was started when the previous president, Professor Chris Wainwright, was in office.

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to be held in 2020, and we wanted to promote the concept of ”wayfinding,” which is to use the power of art to allow the many foreigners visiting Japan to enjoy sightseeing in and around Tokyo without any stress.      
We recommended Kawagoe Town in Saitama Prefecture, adjacent to Tokyo, as the site for this project for two reasons. The first was that Kawagoe Town, known as "Little Edo," still retains the atmosphere of Edo which was the capital of Japan during the Edo period from 1600 to 1868. The second was that the golf competition in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was to be held in Kawagoe Town. These factors made Kawagoe Town suitable for foreign visitors to visit and enjoy sightseeing.
When we showed professor David Crow around Kawagoe Town, he liked it very much. We then visited London several times to prepare and promote the project, and each time we met, our friendship deepened.

In September 2017, when we presented the results of the “UAL×BGU Japanese Traditional Crafts Programme” including Japanese Kimonos (traditional clothing) and Hina Ningyo (dolls displayed before and after the Girls' Festival on March 3), at the London Design Festival in London, Professor David Crow wore a Kimono, as did I, and showed off his stylish kimono attire at the reception.

After that, the COVID-19 prevented us from carrying out our cross-border projects, but just as we were about to prepare a new project and visit London to ask Professor David Crow to evaluate it, we received the news of his death. In mourning his untimely passing, I will share the grief with many people and make further efforts to ensure that the door he opened for us will not be closed again. May his gentle, slightly bashful smile remain in our hearts forever.

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Jane B published a tribute .

I was shocked and sad to hear that David had passed away so suddenly. I can't believe that it was only a month or so ago that he was telling me about his trip to Singapore when he was last at High Holborn!
I haven't worked closely with David in his time at UAL, but when we did speak for whatever reason in the office or on the phone, David was always polite, warm and unpretentious - the sort of colleague anyone would wish to work with.
I am so sorry that David has been lost to his partner, family, friends and colleagues. He will be very much missed. Sincere best wishes.

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Emma Bithell-Smith published a tribute .

I’m so very shocked and sorry for the loss of David, and extend my heart felt condolences to David’s family.
I worked in the Manchester School of Art as a member of Marion Poulton’s Technical Services Team from 2005-2016.
Thanks to David’s vision, leadership and drive, "MMU Faculty of Art & Design" became The Manchester School of Art. David conceived the bespoke Benzie building, along with some stunning details that will remain into the future. David’s ideas, David’s vision. Throughout the conception and build of the Benzie, David included all groups of staff and invited everyone’s input - a feat in itself. David understood the value of world class technical services and workshops.
I remember on one occasion, David even took part in a back to the factory floor exercise and worked alongside the Technical Team Leader in Photography.
David leaves an incredible legacy and it was a real honour to work in the Art School and a real pleasure to serve people like David and Marion.

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Nigel Proktor published a tribute .

David, or D.C. or 'Dishy David Crow', as he quickly became monikered at Assorted iMages, was hewed from granite. He was not ordinary. Made of different stuff. He was diamond.

That was back in 1985. In Curtain Road, Shoreditch. When Shoreditch was a ramshackle collection of decaying light industrial workshops and two pubs. The Barley Mow for the suits, and The Bricklayers Arms for thems with no suits. We drank in the latter. We worked at number 120. Top floor.

I say, we. I mean D.C., Baker Dave, Garry Mouat, Steven Appleby, Damian Wayling, Caryn Gough, Jessamy Calvin, Malcolm Garrett, Kasper de Graaf, Sarah Phillips, Rosina Permaul, Amanda Isaac, Keith Breeden, and later young Tex Higgins. And myself, Mighty Nigel, Man of Steel. Assorted iMages front and centre. All present and correct.

That is some bunch of talent name-checked right there. And D.C. more than held his own. And then some. The lad was touched. Something special. His sketchbooks were to behold. His process unique. His solutions A1. 10 outta 10. And his struggles getting three-dimensional objects under the PMT machine (go Google) comedic. Bike wheels, I ask you? David wasn't without humour. Despite coming from Scotland. Dour he weren't. Dynamite he was. Gone he is. Bugger.

Talent dripped effortlessly from his fertile furtive mind through his hands and fingers into his designs for the pop stars of the day, as we painted and decorated their outputs right royally. Not a computer in sight. They came later, and D.C. was all over them like a cheap suit. Knocking up original typefaces and banging out his own multi-format art-zine, 'Trouble'. Nay bother.

A happy bunch of campers were we. Funny too. But those four walls on the top floor couldn't contain that much fizz and gusto for too long. Inevitably the wings of desire and ambition took hold and we flung ourselves to the four winds. Flying the coop and leaving the nest to feather our own across a whole heap of disciplines: from top notch design & typography to top ranking portraiture (in oils, mind). Mainstream broadsheet journalism to scriptwriting for stage and screen. Professorships and award-winning illustration to boot. Printmaking, painting, publishing and pop music managing, even. Up and at 'em with radio and TV broadcasting, installing international architectural art thingamajigs, and along into the long corridors and tall towers of academia, even. No mountain high enough. No door shut tight enough. My, what a bunch. Glad to have ridden shotgun with you D.C. for that short while. Had a high old time whenever our paths crossed later on. Sad never to to do so agin. Knocked me proper sideways this has. You always did. Rave on, David Crow. Rave on. See you when I get there.

Nigel Proktor
Assorted iMages, 1984-1988

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Nigel Proktor published a comment .

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Mary Anne Hobbs published a tribute .

I wish to offer my love to David’s children, family, friends, students, colleagues and the creative communities across the world with whom and for whom he created truly pioneering work.
On BBC 6 Music we do a major event every year called 'Art Is Everywhere'. We’ve had the world’s most notorious Artists take part, but the most exciting project we ever worked on, was created in collaboration with David, his Tutors and Students. As dawn broke on the morning of the 'Art Is Everywhere' event at TATE Britain in December 2018, a group of Students projected images of several hundred Artworks they’d made onto the wall of TATE Britain at huge scale. Chelesa Arts College is directly across the road from TATE Britain, but it was the very first time that the new generation of young Artists had made a direct connection with the iconic Museum. The moment was historic, and it felt like a boundary destroyed for all time. I feel blessed to have known David for 4 short years, I will remember him his warmth and openness, his quiet passion, his grace and his beautiful mind. Mary Anne Hobbs BBC 6 Music

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Maureen Wayman Obe published a tribute .

I can still remember my first conversation with David Crow through a chance meeting in All Saints Square in 1993, when he was about to start work at Salford. I knew immediately that he was one of those rare and wonderfully special people that come along once in a while, though not very often. Although I had to wait another eleven years it was eventually my privilege to get to know him by working with him and to watch him make such a difference as Head of Design at MMU.

Unsurprisingly he went on to become Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, providing the School of Art with exceptional leadership, making a major contribution to the work of the University and working on behalf of the subject at a national level. It has proved difficult to find words that I believe do justice to my friend and former colleague. It is however true to say that our art and design community has been enriched by the presence of David Crow and despite our intense sadness his outstanding work and wonderful achievements will serve us well for a long time to come.

- Professor Maureen Wayman OBE – Visiting Professor University of Chester and Former Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University

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David Godden published a tribute .

We really enjoyed working with David who was incredibly generous with his time on Eagle Wharf (and also on Camberwell) and it is a real shame he won’t see the Hub open as it was very much his great idea.  Setting aside the projects we were working with him on, we also found him a really interesting person to engage with and listen to, and I am sure he will be very much missed throughout UAL.
- David Godden, Development Manager, Hollybrook

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Steve Rigley published a tribute .

When we broached David about the possibility of being our External Examiner, we knew he was incredibly busy. To be honest, it was more of a hopeful punt as he was, by then, Dean at Manchester and very much in demand. Thankfully, and perhaps surprisingly, he accepted, and over the next few years gave so generously of his time, his experience and his wisdom; his passion and insight unwavering, despite the many calls on his attention. Although taken far too soon, he leaves behind a significant legacy in design education.

- Steve Rigley, Undergraduate Programme Leader Communication Design, Glasgow School of Art

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Cecilia Crighton published a tribute .

I remember interviewing David for the post of Head of Graphics at Liverpool. Unassuming, slight, in a borrowed jacket which was much too big, his talent was documented, but I thought there was more than that, that he was special. And so it turned out. He was one of the loveliest people you could meet. It was a delight and an honour to have worked with him.

- Cecilia Crighton, Former Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design

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Clare Campion published a tribute .

I don't even know where to start. David was wonderful. I was his PA at Manchester School of Art for 8 years, and we stayed in touch following his move to UAL.
My time working for David was my happiest at work. Every day was different, but the constants were the fun, laughter, music, kindness and inspiration. He always encouraged, supported and motivated me.
Without David I wouldn't have been involved in fantastic projects like the Benzie building, I wouldn't have had the confidence to set up a University-wide PA network, wouldn't have had the experience to progress into other roles, and certainly wouldn't have met Guy Garvey and elbow.
I loved working for David. He was so committed to the School of Art and making it the best. He was always encouraging students with ideas and projects, which was so good to see. He was the best leader, and always had time for all staff.

I send heartfelt condolences to David's children, who he spoke of so often.

I have so many wonderful memories, which I will treasure forever. He will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, David.

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Tom Bright published a tribute .

In 2010 David bought my degree show at Manchester School or Art and then gave me my first ever photography commission (a 2 year one!) to document the construction process of the School’s new building.

When I first met David he was head of school at the time so I was a little nervous around him. However after spending time with him I was amazed about how personable, caring and passionate about student progression he was. Students knew him on a first name basis and he showed interest in how they were getting on. From a student perspective the school transformed for the better whilst he was Head. He promoted the school’s identity ‘Manchester School of Art’ from just the art & design faculty of MMU and made us feel proud to be part of it.

I presented my documentary series to him in parts over that period. He booked out time for us to talk through the work 1-2-1. In the those sessions he gave me motivation and belief to keep on going as a photographer which I am incredibly grateful for.

Rest in peace David.

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Clare Campion published a comment .

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Martin Dexter published a tribute .

This is such sad news and my deepest thoughts go to his family and friends. David was a great guy both as a Dean and a friend and the MMU Art School has never been the same when he moved on to London.

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Andy Lovatt published a tribute .

I'm so shocked at this news and condolences to his family and friends. At MMU he was so much more than an academic. He got out there and changed the relationship between the University and the city. He did what others had tried and made a lasting impression on all he worked with. A lovely, gentle, brilliant man.

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Bc Tan published a tribute .

Heartfelt condolences to David's family, relatives, close friends on his passing. While the Good Earth haven't had him for very long, those of us in the UAL's fraternity had him only for a few short years. Even though they were short but they were sweet and will linger in our hearts for awhile more. Requiescat in pace, David. from

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Paul Stickley published a comment .

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I am so very sorry for his family, he was indeed a rare and beautiful human being, always did everything with grace humour knowledge and kindness, he was a great designer with a quite elegance and charm.
As an external examiner for me at GSA he had no equal.
he will be sorely missed professionally, and by me personally.
condolences to his family and friends
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Jacqueline Mair published a comment .

A very bright star who has gone too quickly, he was my mentor and sage at Glasgow as fellow external examiner for the first time, he quietly helped and guided me.
Kind , intelligent , compassionate , funny , he drank whiskey with me when my father died . He had no ego just kindness . My condolences to his family x

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Mike Chavez-Dawson published a tribute .

It is so sad to hear of David’s passing, still with so much left to giver. Myself and Jane, have know him from our MMU days as both a tutor and work colleague, we also worked with him on a FLUX SPACE project (of which’ll source).

David was a real creative beacon of possibility with a wholesome tenacious spirit, he always seemed to have ideas around any problem.

The lessons I learnt from him, have stayed with me, and these I now pass onto my students and fellow colleagues.

His legacy will continue, though he’ll be sorely missed.

Limitless love and light to his partner, and family.

Condolences,

Mike Chavez-Dawson

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Kelly Harrison published a comment .

Sad and shocked to hear of David's passing.

I had the benefit of his input over 3 years of working on the Graduate Showcase here at UAL. The first year was so tough, pulling something together in record time during the pandemic, but David was unflappable - pragmatic and supportive throughout despite the many other challengest the pandemic was throwing at Senior Leaders at the University!
I am so sad that he didn't get to see this year's offering go live. He would have seen how far the site has come since that first manic year we worked together and that was in part due to him.

The last communication I had from him was a month ago, thanking me for a presentation and asking me to reach out if he could help move things on in this area. That was David to me, a very supportive friendly colleague and his passing is a tremendous loss to our institution.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Richard Baker published a comment .

That’s very sad news. I worked with David on the cover art for Andy Shepard’s album ‘Soft on the Inside, on the Quanrtel Graphic Paintbox many years ago. I remember him as an intelligent and thoughtful man with a hint of the subversive about him…and a really great designer, although we both winged it big time on that cover as he only had a budget left for one hour of my time. I’ve always timbered that one hour with him. A sad loss.

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Richard Baker published a comment .

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Marion Poulton published a comment .

I met David on his first day at MMU introduced by Dean Maureen Wayman. I was introduced as the first Technical manager at MMU ( aka if I didn’t work out there wouldn’t be any more.)and given the task of showing David around the workshops. David loved the workshops and appreciated the wonderful skilled technicians who support the staff and students. He supported the improvement of the workshops over the years and spent time in some himself. I know he felt proud when visitors complemented us on them. Some of the happiest times in my working life where working with David in the plan and build of Benzie whilst Chatham was refurbished A very difficult project involving many hundreds of moves around the buildings to enable refurbishment works. It was like a giant puzzle but all the staff in the Art school pulled together to make it happen with David at the helm. It felt such a positive time I remember the research before the Benzie build ,going out to the Art community of all descriptions to talk to them about the future about skills values etc and an eventual wonderful statement from David. “Old school new school Art school”. On many occasions David would gather staff to work in groups resolving issues. His vision of the Artist/designer of the future “A jack of all trades and a master of one”. I remember David as a wonderful leader of a great Art school. A man of incredible vision and an ability to encourage people to give their best. One year some interactive arts students decided to run a tea room in the Holden side gallery. It became legendary with visits from the VC and senior staff. Really wonderful. On the last day David suggested to me that we don some aprons turn up and start serving the students whose project it was before he spoke to them congratulating them. It was lovely,something I’m sure those students remember with great fondness. Genuine kind enabling determined decisive appreciative David. You will be missed by all the knew you. I will remember you when I attend a show in Benzie. The lovely concrete patterned pillars amazing doors and the concept of the northern factory and showroom. To Wendy and family I express my deep sorrow for your loss. It was my privilege to work alongside David

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Sue Fox published a tribute .

I was saddened and so shocked to hear of David's death. I knew him from the art school at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was a very intelligent and cool guy, quick witted and sharp. We had a few chats over the years and he had a great charisma and knowledge of art and many other creative subjects. I send his family my sincere condolences, good thoughts and love. Yours, Sue FoX

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Barbara Dowling published a comment .

It is so sad to have lost such a lovely kind and generous man. David was always a great support to me. We shared a love of music and art and some laughs and interesting stories about former clients. I feel his absence and miss him. Heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends who hopefully will find comfort in remembering the good times with David and knowing his memory lives on for so many of us.

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Hazel Jones published a comment .

Totally shocked to hear this news. My deepest condolences to his family. I worked with him at MMU. He was kind enough to support me and include my work in his publications.

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John Leitch published a comment .

So saddened to hear of David's passing. We hung out a lot in our teens in Galashiels Scotland mucking about as you do. Our paths crossed from time to time over the years and we easily picked things up as if we'd not seen each other for a fortnight. Apart from being a fine human he was a stonking drummer too

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Steven Effinghsm published a comment .

Very sad to hear of David's passing. At school we played in the same rugby team and no matter how eminent he became he stayed the same lovely guy.

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Geoff Simmons published a tribute .

I was so sad to hear of David’s death. I was on the same Foundation Course as him at Manchester Poly and followed him onto the ‘Design for Communication Media’ course in 1982. I never met him again but followed his progress from afar. It was clear from the word go that David was in a class of his own and a very special talent. There were only twelve of us on that Graphics course but he stood out like a beacon and was clearly destined for greatness. No one talked much about a work ethic in those days but whilst I was absorbed in the football and lazy afternoons on the grass outside The Salutation, he was getting placements with the likes of Neville Brody, Malcolm Garratt and Peter Saville. The tutors worshipped him and we were in awe of how he had the print staff and technicians chasing after him to run out his work. A copy of his Fresh Magazine is the only bit of design work from that time that I held on to. Everything he did just looked light years ahead of anything else the rest of us did but he was so modest and always ready to offer advice and encouragement. He never bragged about what he was doing or the contacts he was making. I’ve thought about that time a lot recently as my daughter now goes to Manchester studying in some of the same buildings we inhabited 40 years ago. I’m so glad David got into education and passed his enthusiasm and passion for his craft onto so many others. Here’s a photo of us on the sixth floor of the Chatham Building in 1984 with David making his mark on tutor, Sid Harley. Bless you Dave, if I’m in ‘The Sally' again one day I will raise a glass to you.

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Paul Chapman published a comment .

An excellent heartfelt tribute from Geoff ( only met 'wee Davie Crow') the once, in a word ? Memorable _RIP David

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Vusa published a comment .

Heartfelt Condolences to David. Shocked at hearing of his death, such a massive loss to CWW, UAL, HE and the Arts Sector. Such a humble but enthusiastic and passionate individual whom I had the pleasure of sharing some insights into improving the e student experience for my research and time and UAL. RIP David.

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Sarah Massini published a comment .

Likewise, I knew David back in design degree days. In the year below, we also were in awe of his formidable talent. I valued his favourable comments on my work more than the tutors' - such was the esteem in which we all held him. So saddened to hear of his untimely passing. Deepest sympathy and good wishes to his family.

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Eleanor published a comment .

Really saddened and shocked to hear of David’s passing.
I was fortunate to meet David when I used to work in the Projects Office at Manchester Met when, as PVC/Dean of MSA, he took on the mantle of Project Sponsor of the Benzie building. He was kind, respectful and inclusive. He had an engaging, genuinely open curiosity about so many facets of life, not just the topic at hand. I always felt that he was one step ahead - envisioning the next adventure.
One memory that stands out is when David moved from Manchester Met to go to UAL in 2016 and at his leaving do following the usual speeches a screen went back and his band proceeded to play the next few songs on the evening’s playlist. I remember thinking then that not many Deans, or PVCs, would drum their way out of their own building to the concluding bars of ‘leaving on a jet plane’ – but he always had that edge of cool.
He has left many a legacy, some of which are yet to be visible.

My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones, at this time.

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Simon Robertshaw published a tribute .

I am very saddened by Davids passing. We worked together in my first major teaching role at University of Salford. Some great memories. We then worked together at Liverpool John Moores. I moved to UClan and David went onto do great thinks at Manchester Art School. We continued to stay in touch. We met sometime ago when he was at UAL. He was and still will be a great inspiration to me and his students. He inspired many of us and his memory will continue.

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Karen Parkinson published a comment .

So sad to hear such sad news. I knew David from the Manchester School of Art. He was a lovely man, who never made you feel like you couldn't approach him. Even when I bumped into him at Dunham Massey NT one year at Christmas. Whenever I needed him to sign anything, I knew if he was in his office before I got there as he always played The Stokes loud! Still think of him now when I hear them on the radio.

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Ainel Forni published a tribute .

It is very sad and shocking. Rest in piece, David..

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Pujan Mittal (Ipc-Gulf) published a tribute .

“I am deeply shocked to hear this news. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.”

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Dave Griffiths published a tribute .

Very sad to hear of David's passing. For me, his great achievement was to recapture and celebrate our 180-year Manchester School of Art heritage in a strong identity that emerged from a faculty of art & design. A key factor in this was 'Unit X', a curriculum he launched in 2012, which I was proud to help deliver for many years. It is a truly interdisciplinary teaching event involving all our diverse departments, and widely respected by sector partners near and far. Unit X reflected the historic culture of Manchester in which contemporary art, design, science and textile industry build and rebuild the city.

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David Shirley published a tribute .

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about David's passing. He was a truly inspirational leader and a man to whom I feel greatly indebted. Always kind and supportive, his commitment and vision proved instrumental for both the Manchester School of Art as well as the Manchester School of Theatre. I loved his sense of humour, his compassion and his empathy. We stayed in touch after my move to Australia and no matter the distance, I knew I could always reach out to him for guidance and advice. He was a rare jewel indeed and will be greatly missed. I send sincere condolences to his partner and family at this most difficult time.

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Steve Hawley published a tribute .

David organised an open top bus ride for the Manchester School of Art staff, at the end of a difficult year, followed by a picnic in a Manchester Park. Typical of David, he looked after his staff, always thought about us and spoke well of us in private as well as public. He was a modest and brilliant leader, followed interesting ideas and let you try them and never criticised if they failed. That was part of creativity and he was always creative, testing orthodoxy but with a human face. I knew he was a respected designer but he was always interested and supportive of Fine Art, my own field. He had vision and the tenacity to pursue it and change things for the better, but with the nuanced human empathy that made you follow him. He was also a family man devoted to Wendy and his four children. The outpouring of shock at his passing is truly deserved, what a guy.

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Tony Pritchard published a tribute .

I remember David Crow's student project 'Fresh' being profiled by I think Creative Review. It was noteworthy then and I remember it decades later. His book 'Visible Signs' made a considerable impact on graphic design education connecting theory and practice. It is essential reading for any course on visual communication.

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Frank Collins, Former Project Manager, Design Initiative And Former Programme Office Staff, Manchester School Of Art published a tribute .

David became a member of the board of Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative, a charity that supported designers and artists in the North West and helped them develop their skills and businesses. Through David, Design Initiative was able to forge long-lasting connections with universities in Liverpool and Manchester, where he taught at the time.

He was a great supporter of Design Initiative and cared about its project work and the hard-working team dedicated to making that work happen. He was a great enabler.

When Design Initiative closed in 2012, his concern about the staff who had been made redundant was made clear to me. He was kind enough to find me work at Manchester Metropolitan University and believed in my ability as a freelancer to deliver the final year degree show when the new Art School building was still being completed and the show had to open in another location in the city. Later, as a member of staff at MMU I got to know him all over again. He was a gentle, kind man, fiercely intelligent but thoroughly approachable. I loved working with him and am deeply saddened he is no longer with us.

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Peter Wright published a tribute .

Devastated to hear the sad news. David taught me at Salford University and was such a selfless human being who changed the way I looked at the world as a designer. His legacy lives on.
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Frances Murphy Nee Bailey published a tribute .

Very sad to hear about David's passing. I worked with him at Chelsea College of Arts until 2018 and he brought real enthusiasm and passion for the arts to UAL and CCW and it is was an honour to work under his leadership. My love to his friends and family during this deeply sad time. He will be missed.

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Gus Colvin published a tribute .

Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. I met him when he was our external examiner in Moscow and happy to say we became friends. We shared some memorable and very enjoyable times in Moscow and I will always treasure them. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Annie Shaw published a comment .

An elegant, charismatic and quick-witted man. At his best at the helm of an Art School- Thank you David for the Manchester years.

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