Milton Glaser Tribute Episode

Virtual Memories:
Milton Glaser Tribute Episode

“What was my purpose? I transmitted what I knew to others. There was a use to all I learned that went beyond me.”

“Dream-making and art-making are essentially the same; you have no understanding of where either is going.”

Beyond-legendary designer Milton Glaser died on June 26, 2020, on his 91st birthday. Please join me as we celebrate his amazing, world-changing life and career by revisiting our podcast from July 2019, with a brief new introduction. (The conversation begins at 7:20; you can find more information by visiting the show notes for the original episode.) Give it a listen

“Everything is design. Design is planning. It’s having an objective of any kind. When you go out to dinner, you’re designing your meal. There’s no design without intent, and there’s no life without intent.”

“Art is not about persuasion; it’s about transformation.”

“Capitalism produces the sense that the only that matters is wealth and fame, and that’s a terrible basis for culture.”

“Drawing is the only time you’re looking at what’s in front of you.”

“I’ve been possessed by my work for a long time. I’m very old but I have a lot of energy for the work.”


“My mind, fortunately, has not degenerated to the same degree that newsprint paper does.”

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About our Guest

Milton Glaser (1929-2020) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. He was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2004 and the Fulbright Association in 2011, and in 2009 he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continued to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design until his death in 2020.

(There are longer versions at his site)

Credits: This episode’s music is Fella by Hal Mayforth, used with permission from the artist. The conversation was recorded at the offices of Milton Glaser Inc. on a pair of Blue enCORE 200 Microphones feeding into a Zoom H5 digital recorder. I recorded the intro and outro on a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photos of Mr. Glaser and his staff by me. It’s on my instagram.

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