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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.

After he finished schooling he returned to New York where he began pioneering some of the biggest art operations. Push Pin Studios was started in 1954 where or twenty years it was able to build a repertoire of being one of the most influential places for graphic design. In 1968 Glaser also teamed with Clay Felker to found New York Magazine. Today, this magazine is a staple of New York authenticity and is often replicated due to its originality. WBMG was Glaser’s largest success which is a publication design firm. The role of WBMG was very important in redesigning magazines, newspapers, and periodicals on a global scale. Glaser also founded Milton Glaser Inc. This studio was designed to incorporate all of the disciplines that Glaser finds important. Some of the disciplines include interior design, logos, brochures, product design, and commercial services.

In the late 1900’s New York was going through an economic crisis that made the city become very unappealing. The commissioning board of New York came to Milton to design something that provided hope. The board literally came to Glaser and said “I love New York” and expected Glaser to make something to tie into this campaign. Glaser made a simple sketch in the back of a cab that then translated into the iconic “I [Heart] N Y” design. The design successfully lifted up spirits and spread beyond New York to become a globally recognized visual of design. After the events of September 11th 2001 Glaser added the text “more than ever” underneath the logo to make a statement against the very dark time

Over his career Glaser became one of the most decorated designers in the art world. He is still alive today, continuing his iconic work in New York and continues to expand his horizons beyond the design world. One of his most important philosophies is that you cannot stop learning therefore there is always room to change and to grow.

“Certainty is a closing of the mind. To create something new you must have doubt.”

-Milton Glaser

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