Ian Noble Tribute
  • Gulizar Cepoglu


  • Ian Noble was a very special, generous soul who not only cared, but who also had a natural gift to encourage and inspire others to open seemingly closed doors, live their dreams and fulfil their potential.

    An affectionate humanist, family man, tutor, mentor, educator and prolific author, Ian was loved by family, students, colleagues and friends alike.

    Ian was a very compassionate man whose qualities rubbed off on others. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a rare talent for putting people in touch with their own heart, even those of us whose heart wasn't as warm, loving and as welcoming as his.

    A modest but genuine polymath, professionally, Ian was both innovative and inspirational; helping formulate and spread the message of the effectiveness of creative thinking and communication in the service of humanity.

    Ian had a very nice habit of making people feel very much at ease. When we first met in 1998 he somehow quickly made me feel that we had known each other for years. We shared graphic design as a common passion, but beyond that I very much admired his inquisitive mind, endless energy and clinical insight into the subject. He was always full of ideas, and offered new perspectives for thinking about the cultural purpose and historical dimensions of the graphic designer’s work, and his outstanding books are testimony to this.

    Ian certainly influenced a lot of lives for the better - mine no exception.

    “We Interrupt the Programme in Istanbul” in collaboration with Ian taught me how to learn, un-learn and re-learn enthusiastically as a big group while having enormous fun and enjoying the process of design and teaching. 
The whole collaboration certainly was a major turning point in my career, my way of thinking, and my life as a whole.



    In fact, Ian was largely instrumental in my decision in 2000 to leave my design studio in Istanbul behind and move back to London. Moreover, for the last 13 years Ian was very much a central figure in my life; he was my boss, my tutor, my colleague. I have lost a wonderful mentor, an irreplaceable friend, and a unique and very welcome influence on mine, my daughter’s, and my students’ lives.

    Ian, it is hard for the ones you have touched with your magic to come in terms with their loss. My heart goes out to your family and friends. I wish them all the strength and patience to cope in these difficult times.

    Many years ago when I lost my own dad I have found some truth and wisdom in the lines of the war poet Alun Lewis. They helped me and I hope they may be of some comfort to others too. He said:

    “Acceptance seems so spiritless, protest so vain. In between the two I live.”

    Ian, I am so grateful and feel so extremely fortunate that our paths crossed. You will always live with me and with the many others whose minds you inspired and whose lives you enriched.

    Thank you so much. 
Rest in peace and in light.

    Gülizar Çepoglu, Graphic designer, Associate Lecturer in graphic design