Milton Glaser, one of the most famous and pivotal graphic designers of the 20th century, is the focus of an exhibit called “In Search of the Miraculous, or One Thing Leads to Another” featuring an array of his extensive body of work. From drawings to rugs to never-before-seen graphic design works, the exhibit is on display until November 24 at the AIGA National Design Center in New York. If you can’t make it to The Big Apple, an interactive online version of the exhibit is available as well (click here). The interactive exhibit walks you through a series of graphic design projects that were never realized, like these humorous print ads created for Coney Island below:
Most famously known for his “I heart NY” design, did you know that Glaser was also the first designer to receive the 2009 National Medal of Arts, presented to him by President Obama? According to his Website, in addition to Glaser, the recipients included Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Maya Lin, Rita Moreno, Jessye Norman, Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Frank Stella, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams.
“It is one of the special privileges of this office that I have an opportunity, from time to time, to take part in award ceremonies like this; to honor individuals and institutions that are important to me, personally, and important to all of our citizens; to celebrate triumphs of the arts and the humanities that bring us closer to an understanding of what makes us American, but also what makes us human,” President Obama stated at the ceremony in September 2010.
Glaser was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts “for a lifetime devoted to improving the way people communicate through innovation in graphic design, and for memorable visual artifacts that challenge contemporary artists and delight all Americans.”
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