An Artist and Designer That I Would Like to Meet: The Talented Milton Glaser
When I think of modern icons of graphic design, there are many different names that come to mind, but for me, one stands out in particular who is not only a great designer, but is also a brilliant and wise person as well. I am talking about the unbelievable, the remarkable, the outstanding Milton Glaser.
Not only a rebel in his own right, but he is also a brilliant person, who is always striving to better himself. I get that from the interviews that I have read of his, where he not only talks about design, but about life as well. He also talks about people and our interactions with them. I love his philosophy on the fact that less is more is incorrect and that “Just enough is more.” That statement alone is enough to really make you stop and think. So many people just sit and accept things, and Glaser does the exact opposite.
His work always shows a great deal of thought, and he is not shy about stirring things up as well, such as his illustrations for corruption in the Church. He isn’t shy about laying it all out there, and for that I applaud him. So many times, as designers, we play it safe, take the straight and narrow path and live in the idea of safety and having a safety net. those of us that do that will never have the success of Milton Glaser. His identity projects are stunning, simple, and beautiful, and are built in to our mainstream culture. His work, such as I (heart) NY is world renowned. His ISIX logo is simply mesmerizing. The way that your eyes accept the letters as an optical illusion is pure genius! As designers, we all wish that we could create something that might even be close to his level of work, but by then, he would surpass that to something even greater than before. Milton Glaser is a designer that is on a completely different level than the rest of us.
Everything considered, his work, his intelligence, his skills, his philosophies, and his perspective on things are all reasons that I am and will always be a fan of the remarkable Milton Glaser.