Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Recommended: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

Just released on DVD, the compelling and illuminating doc on Milton Glaser, the great graphic designer, "Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight", directed by Wendy Keys.


Glaser: Problem-solver, artist, mensch. Gourmet, flaneur, mentor. Intellectual, activist, philosopher.

The depth
of his humanity and intelligence seem boundless and he shares these gifts generously. Now in his eighties, he received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2009.

In the film, he recalls the "Eureka! moment" for his 1977 design of the iconic "I Love New York" logo (for which he made not a penny in royalties) among other reflections on "the moment when an idea moves from the back of your brain to the front."

For anyone interested in design, communication, working collaboratively, the nature of creativity and art–you simply must see it!

Though Milton Glaser's works are striking, I was as enthralled by his wisdom as much as by his images.

Here's a six-minute excerpt in which Glaser comments on art and its contribution to society, why he teaches and his continuing joy in his work.




"I am fortunate that I am still astonished."
- Milton Glaser

7 comments:

metscan said...

Luckily I had a chance to comment this interesting post before the hay-making. I must admit, that I have never known about the man, so thank you for introducing him! Some of his work, naturally, is familiar. He really is a man of multiple skills, and in perfect condition- also physically ( running up those stairs ).

Deja Pseu said...

He sounds fascinating and inspiring. I'll be on the lookout for this.

Mardel said...

That looks fascinating and I shall look for this. I read something about him some time ago, and aside from familiarity with his work, thought he sounded very interesting.

lagatta à montréal said...

Oh, that was lovely!

He also seems like a lot of fun, and not full of himself.

A poster designer I knew here, who alas didn't make it to quite Milton Glaser's age: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Fiorucci

Frugal Scholar said...

I just love him! I believe he was also rather famous as a cook.

Duchesse said...

Frugal: He loves to eat and the film includes a very funny story about how his mother cooked pasta ("macaroni").

All: Milton Glaser is my new idol, period. What a standup guy.

materfamilias said...

I'll wait 'til I get home to view the video clip in your post, and will definitely track down the DVD.
I've got a favourite poster of Glaser's I picked up way too long ago in New York -- it's titled Mozart Sneezes, my piano students used to get a kick out of the way it brings humour to the often stuffy area of classical music -- just as Mozart would have! Thanks for the reminder and the head's up about the film.