Friday, December 18, 2009

Milton Glaser is One of the World's Greatest Living Designers

Any history of graphic design would have to include the long and influential career of Milton Glaser (right). He is most popularly known for his iconic Bob Dylan poster (left) and the ubiquitous "I (heart) NY" logo.

Appropriately, Glaser was Debbie Millman's first guest at the pilot taping for her "Design Matters" TV show. At 80 years of age, Glaser still has the magnetism and charm of a superstar designer. He makes good TV and had great chemistry with host Debbie Millman.

Glaser told the TV audience about the second version of his famous "I (heart) NY" logo that he did after the 9/11 tragedy. The heart, in the new version, has a smudge at the lower left side (symbolizing the location where the twin towers of the World Trade Center had been.)

After the taping of his interview, audience members gathered around Glaser for autographs and photos (right) until he finally had to escape into the cold New York night outside the School of the Visual Arts Theater in lower Manhattan. Interestingly, the theater exterior itself was designed by Glaser.

Click on the heading above to go to Glaser's website.

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