S Neil Fujita, best known for his covers for CBS Records, which introduced abstract art to jazz packaging, and his book jackets for In Cold Blood and The Godfather, died on Saturday, October 23.
He was 89.
His other lasting designs include the Today Show logo, the Shubert Theaters logo and the graphic typeface for Billboard Magazine. Schooled in painting, Fujita began his career as a graphic designer in Philadelphia at N. W. Ayer, then moved to New York and became the head of the art department for Columbia Records. At Columbia he designed album covers with commissioned artwork by Ben Shahn, Andy Warhol and Roy DeCarava. His bold typography was modernist in tone, yet not dogmatically linked to the Swiss or another current school.