Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser was born on June 26, 1929, and educated at the High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union art school in New York. Through a Fulbright Scholarship, he furthered his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy. But Glaser’s life has been about creating spaces for artistic development and production, platforms for expressions, and collaborative work. In 1954, along with fellow Cooper Union graduates Seymour Chwast, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, Glaser founded the revolutionary Pushpin Studios. Alongside Chwast, he directed the studio for the next twenty years, while it grew as a major contender and reference in the practice of graphic design, globally. He also founded the New York Magazine in 1968, with Clay Felker, and established Milton Glaser, Inc. some six years later. Added to this, he joined with Walter Bernard in 1983, forming the publication design firm, WBMG; who boast clientele like “LA Times”, “Boston Globe”, “Time”, “AdWeek” and “Brill’s Content”.

iHeartNy-8744 Glaser, I ♥ NY, Logo, 1977

Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints, including the infamous I ♥ NY logo which is proudly worn by many tourists to the city and residents alike. 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, and is an influential figure in both the design and education communities; having contributed essays and granted interviews extensively on design. Among the 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.

70307-740x740-1345562610-primary Glaser, The Secret of Art, Print, 2008

To many, Glaser is the embodiment of American graphic design during the latter half of the 20th Century, and he continues to be quite a formidable force in the process and practices of graphic design. He is regarded as being immensely creative and articulate; a modern renaissance man and one of a rare breed of intellectual designer-illustrators. Glaser brings a depth of understanding and conceptual thinking, combined with a diverse richness of visual language, to his highly inventive and individualistic work.

Works influenced/inspired by Glaser

milton_glaser_calendar_by_b0bisabuilder Alfonso, Milton Glaser Calendar, Typography Calendar, 2008

14966e499e513c59812a0b096d3fe46e Trenay Moodley, Erykah Badu Tour Poster, Poster, 2014


Henderson, K. (2012). 20 Graphic Designers You Should Know. Retrieved September 4, 2015, from

Milton Glaser. Retrieved October 25, 2015, from


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