Thursday, January 20, 2011

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser is a true design genius.

Yesterday, at work,  we were lucky enough to hear a lecture and watch a slide show by him as part of a training seminar.

For those of you who are not familiar with his work, I encourage you to look at his work. Most likely you are familiar with his design of the famous Bob Dylan poster of the 70’S. But he is so much more than that.

I loved seeing that both he and his work are still so relevant. And that he is still creating unique and interesting designs in his later years including some very interesting textiles which are being made into rugs.

He made me see color in a whole new way. Many of his designs are dark grey on darker grey. I have never really thought of using color in that way. But they are really stunning.

I am going to try and see if I can do some bead work using only greys and blacks. It will be hard because I always feel like I need at least one color. Plus it was hard to tell from the slides but I think he had some small amount of color in some of the pieces.

The biggest things I took away from the lecture were:

1. Older graphic designers still matter! We have a lot of experience to offer and are still relevant and creative. Don’t rush to sideline us in favor of more youthful designers.

2. The computer is a tool. That’s all. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is going to design for you. A good designer is a good designer regardless of whether a computer is used or not!


Bobbie Casey said...

Great remarks on this topic. Love it. I agree with you.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks Bobbie. Both he and Seymour Chwast are so inspirational in the field of graphic design.

kelly@thebluemuse said...

How cool is that? Wow. Great lessons indeed.

artybecca said...

Re: "Don’t be fooled into thinking it is going to design for you." That's right! It's a tool, not the design concept or layout. And besides, we older designers know can still do the job, even if the power goes out. I didn't have a computer until my second job. Before then, I actually had to draw, design, and do layout with my very own hands!
A related analogy about tools vs. fellow graphic designer friend one told someone, "The computer doesn't make you a designer. I have a keyboard, but that doesn't make me a writer."