We ❤️ MG

2 years ago by

We were incredibly sad to learn of Milton Glaser’s passing on Friday (his 91st birthday).

Milton Glaser was born on June 26, 1929, in the Bronx, to Eugene and Eleanor (Bergman) Glaser, immigrants from Hungary. As a young boy, an older cousin drew a bird on the side of a paper bag to amuse him. “Suddenly, I almost fainted with the realization that you could create life with a pencil,” he told Inc. magazine in 2014. “And at that moment, I decided that’s how I was going to spend my life.”

Milton came up with the iconic I ❤️ NY logo, he was also a founder of New York magazine, designed identities for some of the worlds most recognised brands, and defined the visual language for the music culture of the 1960’s. His influence on graphic design can not be understated. He also had a profound effect on our community, each designer I know that has had the privilege of working, conversing or spending time with Milton found him to be a brilliant, generous, sincere, and thoughtful man. A true luminary.

Credit…Robert Wright for The New York Times

We wanted to acknowledge his passing and share some tributes to a legend of our craft.


Learn more about him, his ethics and his work in these interviews and presentations


“You learn more and more that everything exists at once with its opposite, so the contradictions of life are never-ending and somehow the mediation between these opposites is the game of life.”



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