Milton Glaser - Posters from the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Archive


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Milton Glaser (b.1929) is the embodiment of American graphic design during the latter half of this century. His presence and impact on the profession internationally is formidable. Immensely creative and articulate, he is a modern renaissance man – one of a rare breed of intellectual designer-illustrators, who brings a depth of understanding and conceptual thinking, combined with a diverse richness of visual language, to his highly inventive and individualistic work. A celebrated graphic designer, Glaser continues to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design to this day.

Milton Glaser was educated at the High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union art school in New York and, via a Fulbright Scholarship, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy. He co-founded the revolutionary Pushpin Studios in 1954, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and teamed with Walter Bernard in 1983 to form the publication design firm WBMG. Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints. His artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums. Glaser also is a renowned graphic and architectural designer with a body of work ranging from the iconic logo to complete graphic and decorative programs for the restaurants in the World Trade Center in New York. Glaser is an influential figure in both the design and education communities and has contributed essays and granted interviews extensively on design. Among many awards throughout the years, he received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, for his profound and meaningful long-term contribution to the contemporary practice of design.

* Excerpted from CSD, August/September, 1999 — "Milton Glaser: Always One Jump Ahead" by Patrick Argent

Graphic design image of a profile of Bob Dylan with a black silhouette and colorful bands of hair
Graphic design logo - with letters I, N, Y and a red heart to read 'I Love New York' logo ©Milton Glaser

I Love New York logo ©Milton Glaser

Graphic poster with text 'The Secret of Art' image of crumpled ball of red paper on a red patterned background.

The Secret of Art, School of Visual Arts ©Milton Glaser

Graphic poster with text 'Ceci, nest pas la pipe de Vincent' and an image of a colorful tobacco pipe on a bright yellow background.

Van Gogh 100 Years ©Milton Glaser

Graphic poster with text 'Sony Music' and an image of a man's silhouetted profile with a bowler hat and a rainbow nautilus shell as his ear.

Sony Tape, 1980 Full Color Sound ©Milton Glaser

Graphic poster with text 'Julliard' and an abstracted collaged image of a musician playing a cello.

Juilliard, 1991 for The Juilliard School ©Milton Glaser

Graphic design image of a profile of Bob Dylan with a black silhouette and colorful bands of hair

Dylan, 1967 for Columbia Records ©Milton Glaser