But the thing is I can't say any more than has been said here.
I never met Alan and so I can't reminisce like Michael does here. I'm presuming most of you reading this know who Alan Fletcher is, but if you don't I can't really add any more than his obituary in The Guardian, The Times or The Independent.
But I still feel like writing something about one of the greatest British graphic designers that ever lived. I'm very, very wary of sounding cheap or crass and I'm worried that the ephemeral nature of blogging is something that Alan Fletcher would have hated.
But here goes.
I think it might be a British thing and I think it might be a generation thing, but if you're my age (31) and you studied Graphic Design at a British University, then Pentagram are a bit like the Beatles. Sort of.
You hold them in such high esteem that even if everything the partners did from now on was rubbish they'd still be your heroes. The body of work that supports the myth is so strong, so unarguably good, they've earned a place in your personal hall of fame.
Sure people may knock them, or say they not as good as they used to be, but you know how good they are and you know that they invented the whole thing anything away.
You know how new bands (almost) always cite the Beatles as a major influence? It's the same with start up graphic design companies and Pentagram. It is with us.
Alan Fletcher formed Fletcher Forbes Gill in 1962 which became Crosby Fletcher Forbesand then Pentagram in 1972. All of these designers are brilliant in their own right but Fletcher deserves special attention.
2. He wrote and designed this brilliant book (planners especially will like this I think).
3. These are the gates to his house. Alphabet gates must be the dream of many a designer but few could have carried it off with such a deft touch.
4. Talking of deft touches, he used a pencil more than he used a mouse (but he used a mouse). The sheep seemed relevant.
And much, much more. I'm sure he would have hated computational creativity.