Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

Milton Glaser

I was thrilled to receive an advanced screener dvd of a documentary on the most amazing designer/illustrator/teacher in the world, Milton Glaser. It’s is scheduled to debut April 27th. New Video Films is giving a signed copy of one of Glaser’s most iconic pieces/documentary poster to one of you, my dear Maquette readers! Leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner at random over the weekend and contact you for your mailing address.

I have known Glaser’s work for some time but the film showed so many illustrations, logos and designs I recognized but never knew as his. Most people know Glaser for the iconic I heartNY (but did you know that he didn’t make a dime from it? And still doesn’t!?). I have a special affinity for Glaser who played such an integral role in shaping the NY of today from founding The New Yorker to creating so many visual spaces we (New Yorkers are so familiar with).

I once lived near a townhouse with the words “Art is Work” above the entry. I noticed it was Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast’s work space: Pushpin Studios. How thrilling to live a few blocks away from such inspiration! You can’t live in New York without seeing Glaser’s billboards or his signage work.

I highly recommend the DVD. It’s a fascinating portrait of a man who followed his dream and maintained his status as a ground breaking master of ideas, craft, and the ability to communicate ideas visually. We can all be inspired by a person so willing to push the envelope while at the same time portray a culture and ideas with such aplomb. “The documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men, who has recently been honored by President Obama with the 2009 National Medal of Arts.”

Leave a comment and win a signed poster!

20 Responses to Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

  1. Christine April 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    I love Milton Glaser soooo much!!! Pick me pick me pick meeeee!!!
    (And thanks for letting me know about the documentary!)

  2. Felicity April 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I wasn’t familiar with him, thanks for the introduction!

  3. Rachel Follett April 13, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    Very cool! I will have to go and check this out. Thanks!

  4. Akira April 13, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    I saw this at a film festival last year! A nice documentary. Made me want to move to NYC.

  5. Samantha Hahn April 13, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    you should!! NY is great!

  6. Jennifer April 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Sounds like an amazing documentary about such an inspirational man. He is a genius! xx

  7. Jacqueline April 13, 2010 at 9:18 am #


  8. cheap bedside table April 13, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    I’d love to win the prize! I didn’t know him at all, but I did a bit of research about him after reading your post. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Aiah April 13, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Totally rad! I work for Abrams, which has done a few books with Milton…sadly, I’ve never gotten to work on any of them. Maybe some day!

  10. kelly April 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    this sounds awesome! i’m happy to hear you liked the film… looking forward to seeing it! hope you’re doing well!

  11. jolie April 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    Love love love it!

  12. adrih April 14, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Very cool! I didn’t know who was behind the I <3 NY.
    And, thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  13. Annie April 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Love his work!

  14. Erica April 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    thats really awesome I <3 NY 🙂

  15. Sarah April 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    count me in!

  16. Annette April 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    As a child during the 60’s and then the 70’s, his artwork was everywhere and it became the images I immediately visualized whenever I heard the words “graphic design”.

  17. Samantha Hahn April 17, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    thanks so much for the comments everyone…I’m using to pick a winner. Wish I could snag a poster for each of you. Big xoxoxo’s for you though.


  18. Maralina April 19, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Great post Samantha — I love Milton Glaser too! But I just wanted to point out that it was NEW YORK Magazine that he helped to found. NOT The New Yorker Magazine (which was founded beofre his birth, I believe…)

    Love your blog… just found it today!

  19. Samantha Hahn April 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    yay thanks so much!

  20. Samantha Hahn April 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    oops…what a big mistake. I will go back and fix it in the post. I knew that too cause of Eustice Tilly.
    I get them confused a lot when I’m telling someone about an article I just read. We subscribe to both. ugh. Thanks for pointing out the error!

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