Veteran digital signage industry consultant Lyle Bunn died on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as a result of colon cancer. He was 63.
Bunn was very well known for his work as an adviser, educator and consultant to the digital signage and digital out-of-home industries.
“He used to write for Digital Graphics (a precursor to SDG) fairly regularly, and occasionally for SDG,” says Ken Mergentime, executive editor of SDG. “He introduced me to tons of people in the digital signage market in the early days. I think he was the nicest person I’ve ever met in the sign/graphics industry. A truly generous soul.”
Of his four decades spent in information technology and telecommunications, Bunn spent more than half that focused on the development and use of dynamic digital signage.
Bunn has published more than 400 articles, white papers and guides on the topic. He has directly assisted hundreds of brands in retail, food services, banking, hospitality, entertainment, health care and education to plan, execute and optimize their digital experiences. More than 10,000 professionals have been exposed to Bunn’s knowledge and wisdom first-hand through his live and online presentations.
He was a former member of Sign & Digital Graphics’ Technical Advisory Board, and was named by the magazine as one of its Top 50 Influencers and Innovators.
Most recently Bunn was running a nonprofit business called the Center for Digital Experience, described on its website as a “digital experience development program,” which collaborated with other organizations focused on end-user success.
Services for Bunn will be held at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Brighton Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 204 Main Street, in Brighton, Ontario, Canada. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Bunn’s name either to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the American Cancer Society.
“With Lyle’s passing I am reminded of the fragility of life and how short a time we are all really here,” says Digital Signage Federation president Richard Ventura. “Over the years, I’ve gotten to know Lyle, both as a person and as a member of our industry. He was ubiquitous in our industry, insatiable in his desire to learn and teach, and genuine in his enthusiasm and gentle manner. He will be missed and he will be remembered. On behalf of the leadership and members of the DSF, our sincerest condolences to his family.”