Yesterday the great Milton Glaser died. It was his 91st birthday. You might not know his name but you surely know his work. He designed the “I heart New York” logo and the Bob Dylan poster and the Aretha Franklin poster and so so so much more. He also co-founded New York Magazine. I first came across Glaser and his work about eleven or so years ago one night while I was wandering around the internet looking for inspiration. I came across a website by Hillman Curtis, that had videos of various artists talking about their art and art in general. The above video was one of those videos. Over the ensuing years I think I have watched it about a hundred times. It gives me inspiration and brings me joy and reminds me of the power of art.
“I think the most interesting thing that one can say about one’s later life is that if you can sustain your interest in what you’re doing you’re extremely fortunate person. What you see very frequently in people’s professional lives and perhaps in their emotional lives as well, is that they lose interest in the third act and you sort of get tired and indifferent and sometimes defensive and you kind of lose your capacity for astonishment. And that’s a great loss because the world is a very astonishing place.”
Rest in peace Milton.