Very sad news that Alan Aldridge has died following a debilitating illness.
He was a major influence on the British design and illustration scene in the 1960's. It started with his controversial post as fiction art director of Penguin Books in 1965 where he challenged the status quo, upsetting many on the way. He left and formed INK studio and embraced the world of pop, most notably with his collaborations with The Beatles and Elton John.
He produced a number of successful books including The Butterfly Ball which was turned into and animated film.
Later he moved to Los Angeles where he became a movie script doctor. But he always maintained his love of illustration. In 2008 the was a retrospective of his work 'The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes' at the London Design Museum. I interviewed him at the time and will post that here in a few days.