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    “The world is a very astonishing place”

    I love Milton Glaser.

    Really. I love him. Love. Him. And aspire to Milton Glaserness because you know what? He’s a man who knows how to be a human in the big world, who knows what matters and how to make goodness, for himself and for others. And he’s a man, very old now, who, while having seen and done a great deal, retains the desire and the talent for astonishment. We should all be such wise celebratory optimists. The world would certainly spin smoother on its axis if we were. And you should watch the video below and read his immensely moving and inspiring essay “Ten Things I Have Learned”. I read and reread that suckah frequently, whenever the black dogs of self-doubt are nipping at my heels. Because for me, his words ring long and deep and true and sometimes I need to be reminded of why I’ve chosen the precarious  professional life I’ve chosen.

    Milton Glaser. He can nearly always cure what ails me.


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    Milton Glaser tee-shirt via mrmarkrobson
    Portrait of Milton Glaser by Sam Haskins

    I love Milton Glaser, too. When I was in high school in the late 60′s early 70′s I remember tearing ads for ATT out of magazines that were amazing! They were watercolors with crazy little figures floating through space and time. Two-page spreads of pure art. I was MESMERIZED. Never had I seen art like this in a magazine. Somewhere in a box, I still have these torn-out ads. I ached to be an artist like this person.

    In the early 80′s, I was just starting a window display career in San Francisco working with small, independently-owned businesses. One of my clients was a hardware store in Pacific Heights that carried all the cool, new Interdesign products for the home. They produced a series of plastic clocks styled after the lab clocks from the 50′s and 60′s so I did a window display of a series of 5 clocks with the titles underneath that read: Paris, Cairo, London, Geneva… Fresno. The display was mentioned in Herb Caen’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle. And then it blew up. Suddenly, there were T-shirts and mugs and bumper stickers etc etc. It went, how you say, viral. And like Milton Glaser’s “I heart NY” design that exploded, I received not a penny for all of the items that were manufactured from my original window display idea. I have always felt a kinship with Mr. Glaser for this reason- we both designed things that become larger than the original intent that went on to be design icons….his, by far, outlasting mine on magnitude and worldwide impact…and if my knowledge is correct, he too did not receive residuals for his original design….yes, I too, LOVE Milton Glaser….

    Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt added these words on Jan 26 11 at 1:41 am

    Wendeanne, I LOOOOVE what you’ve written here. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it.

    admin added these words on Jan 26 11 at 9:01 pm

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