More on Ben Blank, a graphics pioneer

The New York Times recently featured an article on graphic designer Ben Blank who recently died at age 87.


Ben Blank, who as graphics director for CBS and later ABC television news introduced the concept of using logolike

images behind anchors as signatures for major news coverage, died on Feb. 3 at his home in Teaneck, N.J. He was 87.

The cause was complications of a stroke suffered three years ago, said his daughter Karen Blank.

Mr. Blank invented novel ways of presenting on-air visual information, illustration and symbols, and in so doing helped transform the appearance and content of network evening news.

“He was, indeed, a pioneer of television graphics at a time when his artistry and genius were all we had to demonstrate a complicated story,” the former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite said in an e-mail message reported on

Read more on the New York Times website.