21 May 2010
Tony Panas 
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tony Panas, who, as half of the Johnson/Panas partnership was one of the great Factory Records designers. Tony passed away this week after a period of illness. He is survived by his wife Pam.

Cerysmatic reader John Rooney offers his personal thoughts on Tony:

"I was fortunate to know Tony for several years. During this time he always very modest about the fantastic design work he produced for Factory Records, 808 State, Geese, Electronic, etc as I was a fan of this work before I met him. The design community has lost rare talent, everyone who knew him have lost a friend."

Rest in peace Tony.

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Anonymous Christian Nelson said...

Hi CF. Really sad news. Tony's work alongside Trevor Johnson was a massive influence on me whilst studying graphic design in the early nineties. R.I.P Tony.

21/05/2010, 23:52

Anonymous pkrpmusic said...

I remember seeing the Johnson/Panas name infrequently and always liking their ideas. I liked the ACR and Stockholm Monsters sleeves esp.RIP

24/05/2010, 21:34

Anonymous Fiona Venables said...

As a curator who has worked in the north west for 15 years, the work Tony did for many of the exhibitions I developed remain some of my favourite pieces of design. The loss of Tony's talent will be felt by everybody; the loss of a beautiful person and a true friend will be felt even more acutely by those close to him. RIP Tony.

25/05/2010, 13:09

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sad,Tony was a very humble and affable bloke and you would never have guessed what he did for a living if you had the pleasure of meeting him ,RIP

26/05/2010, 00:59

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the pleasure of meeting Tony a few years ago and he told us many great stories from the Factory days-he was a great man who produced some beautiful artwork. RIP Tony

27/05/2010, 22:30

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony was a kind and modest man i have not seen for a long time but never forgot in the best of ways.
It was a dream to work for Tony and Trevor.
Sympathys to PamX
Rip TonyX

Mick Rammsden aka pig

02/06/2010, 09:12


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