Have you ever wondered who created the famous “I love NY” logo? Milton Glaser was commissioned by the State of New York in 1976 to create the iconic logo. Did you know that Special Collections located in McFarlin Library has acquired posters designed by Glaser? The iconic graphic designer was born in 1929 and went to the High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union Art School in New York. He also had the opportunity to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy via a Fulbright Scholarship. After gaining an impressive education, Glaser cofounded the Pushpin Studios in 1954, founded the New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974 and teamed up with Walter Bernard to form the publication design firm WBMG in 1983. He has won numerous awards, such as the lifetime achievement award of the Copper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2004, the Fulbright Association in 2011, and was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award in 2009.
Glaser worked within a wide range of the design disciplines, such as, logos, stationary, brochures, and much more. He created 300 posters for clients in publishing, music, theater, film, institutional and civic enterprise, and commercial products and services. At 89 years old, he continues to produce work in the many fields of design.
Special Collections houses 14 posters that were designed by the brilliant Milton Glaser. The posters range from exhibition, birthday, anniversary, theater, and promotional posters created between 1985 and 2009. If you’re interested in viewing Glaser’s posters, you can always visit Special Collections, located on the 5th floor of McFarlin Library, Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.
Museum Science and Management Student Molly McVey