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In Memory of Milton Glaser: Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Advocate

The Graphic Artists Guild mourns the passing of Milton Glaser on June 26th. For us, Glaser was more than just a groundbreaking graphic designer, the illustrator of the Bob Dylan Greatest Hits poster, the creator of the I Love NY campaign, and the founder of New York Magazine. He was also a lifelong advocate for graphic designers, for his beloved New York City, and for the environment.

Having been an early Guild member, Glaser was someone we knew we could always reach out to. In fact, in an age when few luminaries, beset with overloaded schedules, respond to emails, Glaser always answered, ever the gentleman. Throughout his career, he utilized his prodigious talent to promote for causes close to his heart, such as “I Love NY More Than Ever” (after the 9/11 terrorist attacks), and his “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” environmental campaign. Glaser will remain for us an inspiring example of how design and visual arts transcend their medium, and educate, illuminate, and inspire for the greater good.

Art is the most benign and fundamental way of creating community that our species has discovered. Mozart and Matisse, children of Eros, make us more human and more generous to one another. As dark and as difficult this moment is, it will change and everyone in this room today has a significant role in that transformation because like all people who make things, you are inevitably on the side of light.

Milton Glaser, Dark and Light – The Strange Case of the Decline of Illustration, ICON Illustration Conference, Philadelphia PA - June 29, 2003