Farewell ❤️ Milton Glaser (1929-2020)

Published by Cindy Buckley Koren on

Photo by Mike Banom

On June 26, 2020 the design community mourned the loss of a dear family member. Known by my students as the Grandaddy of Graphic Design, Milton Glaser took his last breath on his 91st birthday. 🎂

“If I can’t work. I can’t live.”

Milton Glaser

June 26, 1929 – June 26, 2020

photo credit {meetinghouse}

It was my tremendous honor to conduct one of the final interviews with the legendary designer in his longtime studio. In August of 2019, Milton invited us into his studio for a discussion about art, design and creative legacy. We hope to soon release a glimpse of our conversation with Milton which is a portion of a larger project.

Milton and Cindy August 2019, Photo by Mike Banom

Countless designers are paying tribute to Milton on social media with stories, videos, interviews and visual responses. The outpouring of love is remarkable.

Milton once said “the idea of dying at my desk is the the most attractive thing I can think of.” On the day of our visit we received a call that the 90 year old designer would be late as he was in the hospital for medical emergency. Milton showed up about 90 minutes late wearing a colorful hanky and a bright smile on his face. He seemed thrilled to be in his studio even as it was in process of packing up to be moved to its current location at the School of Visual Arts.

Farewell Milton, you will be missed by many. 💔

photo credit {meetinghouse}

The Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives is dedicated to preserving and making accessible significant works by designers, illustrators and art directors who have close ties to the School of Visual Arts. The collections represent the artistic and intellectual vitality of the SVA community and provide an invaluable resource to students, designers and researchers who wish to study the breadth of a designer’s work. Among the media available are sketches and original art, posters, printed samples and ephemera, audio and video recordings and photographic material. The Glaser Archives is a division of the Visual Arts Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit entity.

According to his last interview, at the time of his death, Milton Glaser was working on a graphical treatment of the word “Together,” to evoke the idea that during the separation of the pandemic, “we have something in common..” Credit…Milton Glaser

Here is some behind the scenes action of the Untitled Era team setting up for our interview.

Good production takes time… and our interview will be well worth the effort. While you are waiting here are a few nice presentations from our friends.

Milton Glaser: for graphic design of beauty, vitality, invention, and humanity Learn more about Glaser’s career journey at https://www.aiga.org/medalist-miltong… This video is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Video: Dress Code © 2018 Presented by: AIGA Design Archives
“A Conversation with…” is a series of short films from Adobe Create Magazine in which two practitioners of a creative industry speak with each other about their craft. In this episode of the series, Debbie Millman interviews graphic design legend Milton Glaser. More at: http://adobe.ly/1UQr1U7

I just love this photograph I found on Instagram. I asked the photographer for permission to use the photo for educational purposes and he replied “Please go ahead!!” – thank you Yousuf!


Cindy Buckley Koren

Cindy Buckley Koren is the founder of {meetinghouse} Creative Collaborative and Professor of Communications Design at PrattMWP College of Art and Design

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