Milton Glaser is an iconic designer who is recognized on a global basis. Throughout his career Glaser has held many different roles in the professional and educational aspects of the art world. He is a founder of the popular Push Pin Studio as well as one of the founding art directors for the New York magazine. Glaser’s work holds very strong meaning which is relevant in his most notable piece “I [Heart] N Y” or his album work for Bob Dylan. He is also one of the founding fathers of modern design. Over the course of his life Glaser has been a founding artist, designer, teacher, writer, and illustrator in the art professions.
Milton Glaser was born on June 26th, 1929 in the Bronx, New York to Eugene and Eleanor Glaser. Eugene was the type of father that was reluctant to Milton’s later desires to become an artist due to the wariness of the financial stability behind working in the arts. Eleanor, however, always motivated and encouraged everything her boy did which played into Milton’s confidence as an artist. Ultimately, the cautious reality his father seen the world through and the optimism of his mother allowed for a good family dynamic for him to grown up in.
Glaser’s earliest memory of drawing began when he was five years old. As a young boy Milton knew he had a special gift and others began to notice. When he was six he was deemed “the class artist” where he took on a role of providing art—somewhat provocative for the boys—to the class. Milton later described these events as seeing himself as a facilitator of other people’s needs. When he was younger he also enjoyed that being the class artist gave him status.
Glaser completed his high school career from the Cooper Union Art School through the Fulbright Scholarship. He continued his education in Bologna, Italy at the Institute of Fine Arts.