He invented News Graphics

" ... Until the [first] war with Iraq, television technology was all about transmission," says Blank. "The graphic designers were always just the decoration, now we are part of the editorial process ... ... I had to sell graphics to them. I had to go around to the programs and get them to use a map here, a nice font there. It was hard going ..."

- Ben Blank, one of the creators of television news graphics, in Graphic News, by John Hockenberry. He passed away this month.