In the graphic design world, no one is more synonymous with New York than Milton Glaser. From creating the world-famous I ♥ NY logo and Bob Dylan poster to co-founding New York magazine, the 85-year-old legend embodies the creative force of the city. He’s now opened up his longtime Murray Hill studio to the New York Times in an insightful video that shows his warm, colorful, and cluttered yet organized home, as well as offers shots of Glaser discussing his inspirations, how he got his start, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind.
As Curbed notes, Glaser modestly describes himself as “a designer…whatever that means” and recounts how he was appointed the official “class artist” in kindergarten. He also talks about how he drew the I ♥ NY logo in a cab ride to New York magazine’s offices after realizing that he didn’t like his first idea. He’s since designed everything from Brooklyn Brewery’s iconography to “Mad Men” posters, and his cheerful apartment definitely reads as the perfect backdrop. It’s full of colored pencils, archive drawers, scrap paper and fun mementos. On the legacy he hopes to leave behind, Glaser says, “Design has impact on society, and that impact can be beneficial is much more significant to me than design as a selling tool.”
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