The Biography of Milton Glaser

Out of the thousands of award winning designs and projects that he has authored, Milton Glaser is best known for a chosen few – the ‘I love New York’ Logo, his ‘Bob Dylan’ poster and the ‘Brooklyn Breweries logo. He also co-founded the now very famous ‘New York Magazine’. Now, let us look further into Milton Glaser biography.

Born on June, 26, 1929, Glaser started the path that would lead him to several successes at the then, New York City’s High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts (Cooper Union Art School) and graduated in 1951. Under scholarship, he then attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna from 1952 to 1953.

Although blessed with such a great mind, his work is famous for the simplicity, directness and originality of it. With themes that range from ‘primitive’ to ‘avant garde’ he has designed several album covers, book jackets, illustrations for magazines, print adverts, etc. for too many clients all over the world.

Milton Glaser has also founded or co-founded many successful establishments in his lifetime. In 1954, together with his former course mates, he set up Push Pin Studios. In 1974, he started his own studio, Milton Glaser, Inc. With his new studio, he became involved in a wide array of projects. The famous ones are; an enormous mural for the Federal Office Building in Indianapolis and the design of his pet project, the New York Magazine.

In 1983, he collaborated with Walter Bernard to form a publishing design firm called WBMG. With many publications to vouch for it, this very famous, award winning company is a household name when it comes to Magazines and Newspaper Design in the US and even Internationally.

With a very long career in graphic design, he has almost become a legend when it comes to contemporary arts. His designs and illustrations are now famous case studies and this has won his numerous awards from prestigious art clubs, institutions, and societies.

Glaser was made an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts in 1979; he was also made a member of the Alliance Graphic International. In 2009, President Barack Obama decorated him with the ‘National Medal of Arts Award.

Several of his work are displayed in various leading Arts Museums around the world, they include; Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Musee d L’affiche in Paris, Israel Museum, etc.

As an icon who strived to pass on his legacy to the younger generation, he has lectured in the Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts both in New York City. The legacies left behind by Milton Glaser are almost too generous to mention, his name is almost now synonymous with graphic design and illustrations.