Milton Glaser

(b. 1929)

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(1929– )

A well‐known American graphic designer, illustrator, and art director who is closely associated with the celebrated Push Pin Studios in New York and Push Pin Graphics magazine, Glaser has had a long and distinguished design career that has been highly influential on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also worked in furniture, product, and interior design. He studied painting, typography, and illustration at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York from 1948 to 1951, before moving to the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy, where he studied under the celebrated painter Giorgio Morandi from 1952 to 1953. After returning to the United States he founded the Push Pin Studios in New York in 1954 with Seymour Chwast, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, establishing Push Pin Graphics magazine with Schwast and Ruffins in the following year. His graphic style at that time was eclectic and original, drawing on a wide variety of sources and style ranging from the Italian Renaissance to comic strips and visual ephemera. Push Pin Studios was a driving force in the advertising during the 1960s and 1970s, during which period Glaser absorbed the bright colours and bold forms of Op and Pop Art typified in his iconic Dylan poster of 1967. Art director and vice‐president for the New York Magazine from 1968 to 1976, he also played a key design role in many other magazines including Paris Match, the Village Voice, and Esquire. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris held a major retrospective of Push Pin Studio graphics in 1970 and Glaser's own work was celebrated in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1975. Glaser left Push Pin Studios in 1974, setting up Milton Glaser Inc. to follow up other his design interests—including furniture, product, and interiors—alongside his fertile interest in print. Key professional bodies in which he has held influential positions include the vice‐presidency of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and presidency of the International Design Conference in Aspen in 1989.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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