Today's post is on Milton Glaser, one of the most respected and celebrated graphic designers in the United States today - the author of the "I heart NY" logo and of many more iconic designs, such as the logo of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City (and if you've been following this blog for a while, you can guess I love the RMA - if you haven't, I'll just explain that the Rubin's collections are full of Buddhist art, and if the fact that I love graphic design comes as a surprise to you, you must be a newcomer to my blog -- welcome to the party!).
Brain pickings had a post on Glaser recently with great quotes of an interview he did for the Good Life Project (make sure you read the part of the transcript that starts with "When I was in junior high school", or watch the video starting at 12:22), but I found the 45-min video itself to be rather tedious and slow-paced, and ultimately couldn't finish watching it. This is a flaw in many of the videos of Glaser's, which I blame the interviewer and videographer for more than Glaser himself, who is as engaging as one could expect of a man in his eighties, and unfailingly kind and generous of his time and wisdom. Instead, I found a video of Glaser's at a 2011 Creative Morning event in New York City, where he shows examples of his work and shares his insights with the audience.
Another good reference is a transcript of a 2011 event at Parsons the New School for Design, which provides further examples of his work. Glaser's creativity is quite simply astonishing. I'll end this post with my other favorite work of his, besides the RMA logo: his series of Shakespeare drawings. We should all be lucky to have a tenth of his talent. (Picture source: AIGA/NY.) Work by Milton Glaser.