Creator of the satirical television puppet show Spitting Image, Martin Lambie-Nairn has died aged 75. His family confirmed he passed away on Christmas Day.
His cause of death is yet to be announced.
The family’s announcement, which was shared online, read: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Martin Lambie-Nairn on Christmas Day.
“In a career spanning five decades, Martin was widely acknowledged as one of the leading graphic designers and creative directors of his generation.”
It went on to outline the designer’s impressive portfolio of work, including creating the iconic Channel 4 logo among other pursuits.
It continued: “From his groundbreaking identity for the launch of Channel 4 in 1982 and the rebranding of BBC News to his appointment as a Royal Designer for Industry and creating the original idea and concept for the TV series Spitting Image, Martin’s accolades and achievements are too numerous to list.
“His exceptional work, kindness and infectious creative spirit touched the lives of so many people.”
He also had a hand in designing mobile phone company O2’s bubble logo and he oversaw a Blue Peter competition to design the official emblem for the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012.
Tributes soon began to flood social media, with one fan posting to Twitter: “So sad to hear that Martin Lambie-Nairn has died. He was a design genius who created much of British television’s most iconic branding and who also came up with the idea of #SpittingImage.”
Another added: “Utterly devastating news. The best, and most caring gentle man I could ever have as a boss.
“A father figure we respected and looked up to. He created a loving, hard working and hugely creative family at Lambie-Nairn who are all still in touch. He will be missed terribly.”