Today ushers in the 84th year for legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, the man behind New York Magazine, the iconic I (heart) NY logo, Bob Dylan’s psychedelic profile, Brooklyn Brewery’s label, and our very own Winged Elephant to name a few of his many, many accomplishments. Glaser is special to us not only as the artist behind our logo and the author of four books we are proud to publish, but also as a dear friend to our publisher, Peter Mayer (learn how Milton secured Peter his first job, here and how they collaborated on our logo here!).
To honor this great artist and loyal friend today, we would like to share some of his wisdom, an abbreviated list—laws to live by, if you will—gathered from a talk he gave at AIGA in London.
Milton’s Manifesto—The full essay can be found on his website.
1. YOU CAN ONLY WORK FOR PEOPLE YOU LIKE
2. IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE, NEVER HAVE A JOB.
3. SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC; AVOID THEM.
4. PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT ENOUGH OR THE
5. LESS IS NOT NECESSARILY MORE
6. STYLE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED
7. HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN
8. DOUBT IS BETTER THAN CERTAINTY
9. ON AGING—“IT DOESN’T MATTER”
10. TELL THE TRUTH
Happy Birthday, Milton! We love your work, your ageless wisdom, and your sense of humor!
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Although today is Milton’s birthday, we’re excited to give a gift to one lucky Overlook Press reader. Leave a comment below and we’ll enter you to win a signed copy of Glaser’s DRAWING IS THINKING presented in an Overlook tote emblazoned with his design. Good Luck! And be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday via twitter @MiltonGlaserInc!