Monday, March 1, 2010

Milton Glaser first came on the scene in 1954, when he co-founded the groundbreaking Push Pin Studios with his Cooper Union classmates, designer sand illustrators Seymour Chwast and Edward Sorel. Push Pin's revival of the union of art and ''typography'', as well as its use of cultural references and visual language, came to both define the aesthetic of graphic design by merging genres and styles into something new and fresh. And following World War II, when photography was highly popular in design work, Push Pin greatly revolutionized the direction of modern visual style by reviving the drawn illustration.

During this time, Glaser also helped launched New York with legendary editor Clay Felker. The magazine elevated the intersection between design and text, and became the model for scores of city magazines across the country.

"My sense is not to be allergic to style or mores in time," he says. "I see it as a continuous conversation. My resources run deep from African art to Japanese watercolor to Modernism to Dada."

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