Designer Sylvia Harris passed away Sunday, leaving a gaping hole in the design world. Sylvia was a true pioneer, breaking new ground with virtually every move she made in our profession. Sylvia was participating in a meeting of the of the United States Postal Service Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee in Washington DC last Thursday when she suddenly collapsed.

I was introduced to Sylvia several years ago by designer Katie Osborn, who worked closely with Sylvia. We instantly connected around our mutual passion for the possibilities designers have to improve the patient experience in healthcare. Whether you knew Sylvia Harris or not, your experience as a designer has been positively impacted by her—all too short—time with us.

Jessica Helfand was with Sylvia when she collapsed, and shared this eloquent remembrance on Design Observer. AIGA also posted a thoughtful piece in her honor.