Milton Glaser, co-founder of the New York magazine and famous graphic designer behind the “I ♥ NY” logo, has died, the magazine reports.
“On behalf of the New York family today, I’m thinking about Milton’s loved ones, especially his wife Shirley. We’ve lost a great designer and a great New Yorker,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement to CNN.
The street vendor has a 2009 I ♥ NY T-shirt. Credit: George Rose / Getty Images
Born in 1929, Glaser began designing the New York City Cooper Union to advance science and the arts. He then started Push Pin Studios in 1954 with several former classmates, who “exerted a strong influence on the direction of world graphic design,” according to the Glaser website.
By 1968, Glaser had founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker and was president and design director until 1977.
Glaser is perhaps best known for designing the iconic and ubiquitous “I ♥ NY” logo. It was created in 1977 to promote tourism in New York State amid the city’s array of crime, notorious disappearances and widespread economic hardship.
His conceptual sketch, quickly drawn in red on a paper envelope, is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Prior to that, Glaser was widely honored for a 1960s psychedelic poster for Bob Dylan’s album “Greatest Hits”.
Glaser’s fame grew with this poster for Bob Dylan’s 1960s album. Credit: Michael Ochs Archive / Getty Images
In addition to his most famous designs, Glaser’s work is in, among other things, the permanent collections of MoMA, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, among others.
Glaser is the only graphic artist to have had solo exhibitions at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to the National Association of Art.
He received the National Medal for Art in 2009.
Glaser designed the Brooklyn Brewery stickers
Credit: Mike Lawrie / Getty Images North America / Getty Images
“Milton Glaser’s work is everywhere: in the logos in your supermarket, on the posters you see on the sidewalk, and in the identity of New York itself,” the magazine’s editors wrote in a statement. “Not to mention on our screens and in your mailbox, on the cover logo he drew for the first issue of New York Magazine: It’s so durable that we still use it 52 years later. Much of our magazine’s DNA encodes Milton’s ideas, visual intelligence and New York We are sad to hear that he is gone – but what a great life he has lived. “