By Stephanie Wong Barkema, Fresno State Graphic Design instructor.
Charles Shields was born on July 19, 1944, and passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Charles grew up in Hawthorne, CA. He lived in Boulder, Oakland, and Los Angeles before settling in Fresno. There he owned Shields Design and, as a full professor, helped develop the BFA Graphic Design Program at California State University, Fresno before retiring in 2016.
Charles received his BFA and MFA from the Art Center College of Design. His professional work comprises many diverse projects including illustrating a cover for Rolling Stone magazine, illustrating a book that received the New York Times “Children’s Book of the Year” award and designing props for a Steven Spielberg movie.
Charles won numerous awards from many sources, including the Society of Illustrators of New York, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, the Art Directors Club of New York, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Graphic Design Awards, the American Advertising Awards, the Summit Awards, the Clio Awards, and a Silver Medal, Lifetime Achievement award from the American Advertising Federation. His work has been recognized in Communication Arts magazine and exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. He has been published in more than 60 books in the U.S., Japan, China, and Germany.
He is survived by his family who he called “the joy of my life:” wife, Amporn, of 20 years, son Lucas and daughter Anya. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Eloise Shields.
Private services will be held. A celebration of life gathering will be announced at a later date.