Sad news for fans of Pokémon today – Eric Medalle, creative design director on the franchise, has been killed in a tragic accident during a freak storm. Medalle worked out of The Pokémon Company’s Seattle offices, where he’s been credited on no less than eight games.
Last Sunday afternoon, local media reports Medalle went for a drive near a local park with one of his two daughters, when the city was hit by what were described as “high abnormal wind speeds”. These winds swept through Seattle’s Seward Park, dropping a “massive” pine tree onto the road – directly on top of Medalle’s SUV. The nearly-two-year-old girl was freed by a passerby, but Medalle himself died at the scene.
Seward Park was closed to the public for more than 24 hours as city officials worked to clean up the fallen trees and branches. A spokesperson for Seattle Parks and Recreation explained that the tree was not considered to be at risk, with the city checking the city’s park system regularly for “signs of decay, broken branches, cracked limbs, abnormal growth and heavy leaning”.
Medalle’s work with The Pokémon Company included designing (or co-designing) many of the international Pokémon Trading Card Game logos, as well as artwork for both the Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokémon the Series: XY. Of course he also contributed heavily to the video game series, focussing primarily on graphic design and creating artwork for the English versions of various games, including:
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (English & European Graphic Design)
- Pokémon X and Y (English & European Graphic Design)
- Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 (English Version Artwork)
- Pokémon Conquest (Graphic Design)
- Pokémon Black and White Versions (English Version Artwork)
- Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (English-Version Graphic Design)
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions (English-Version Artwork)
- Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (English Version Artwork)
Our thoughts and well-wishes are with Medalle’s family, including his young daughter who sustained minor injuries in the accident. A fundraising page has been set up, to help send the girls to college.
Eric’s expectation for his daughters was college, and to honor that expectation, we can ensure that college remains a reality for his girls. It is important that Isa and Nico are able to learn and grow, to discover what they love and pursue it to the fullest, just as their father did. This memorial fund will exist as a means for ongoing education and lifelong learning, a pathway that Eric helped to pave for his girls.