Milton Glaser: Designer Bob Dylan notes for poster, NY logo dies at 91

Written by Ganesh Setty, CNN

Milton Glaser, the co-founder of New York Magazine and the famous graphic designer behind the “I ♥ NY” logo, died according to the magazine.

Glaser died on Friday 91st birthday, magazine’s obituary says. His wife, Shirley Glaser, told The New York Times that the cause of death was paralyzed, and he also suffered from kidney failure. He was not contacted by CNN to comment immediately.

“My thoughts on behalf of the New York family are with Milton’s loved ones today, especially his wife, Shirley,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN.

    A street vendor

A street vendor was wearing a “I ♥ NY” t-shirt in 2009. Credit: George Rose / Getty Images

Born in 1929, Glaser began his design at the Cooper Union for the Development of Science and Art in New York City. Later in 1954, according to Glaser’s website, he launched Push Pin Studios with a few ex-classmates who “made a strong impact on the direction of world graphic design”.

In 1968, Glaser founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker and served as president and design director until 1977.

Glaser is perhaps best known for designing the iconic and ubiquitous “I ♥ NY” logo. In 1977, the city took place amidst the city’s crime, bad reputation and widespread economic difficulties to promote tourism.

The concept draft, hastily written in red on a paper envelope, is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Prior to that, Glaser was widely acclaimed for the 1960s psychedelic poster for Bob Dylan’s “Greatest Hits” album.

Beyond his most well-known designs, Glaser’s work has been featured in permanent collections at the MoMA, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the National Archive in Washington DC and the Smithsonian Institute.

According to the National Art donor, Glaser was the only graphic artist to perform solo shows at Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He was awarded the National Art Medal in 2009.

Glaser Brooklyn Brewery designed labels

Glaser Brooklyn Brewery designed labels
Credit: Mike Lawrie / Getty Images North America / Getty Images

Newer designs Brooklyn Brewery label and poster for season 7 “Mad Men.”

“Milton Glaser’s work is everywhere: the logos in your supermarket, the posters you see from the sidewalk, and the identity of New York,” the editors of the magazine said in a statement. “On your screens and in your mailbox, I’m not talking about the cover logo that New York Magazine drew for the first issue: it’s still durable enough to use after 52 years. Most of our magazine’s DNA visually encodes Milton’s ideas, intelligence and New York sensibility. sorry – but how big life he lived. “

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