Milton Glazer: The designer for the Bob Dylan poster noted, the NY logo died at 91

Milton Glazer: The designer for the Bob Dylan poster noted, the NY logo died at 91
Adam D. Crook
Written by Adam D. Crook

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

Glazer died Friday His 91st birthday, The obituary of the magazine Said. His wife, Shirley Glazer, told the New York Times that the cause of death was a stroke and he also suffered from kidney failure. She was not immediately reached for comment by CNN.

“On behalf of the New York family, my thoughts are with Milton’s loved ones today, especially his wife Shirley. We have lost a great designer and a great New Yorker,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement to CNN.

One street vendor had a 2009 “I ♥ NY” T-shirt. Credit: George Rose / Getty Images

Born in 1929, Glazer began his design for science and art development at Cooper Union in New York City. According to Glazer’s website, he opened Pushpin Studio in 1954 with several former classmates, which “had a profound impact on the direction of global graphic design”.

By 1968, Glazer co-founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker and served as president and design director until 1977.

Glazer is best known for creating the iconic and ubiquitous “I ♥ NY” logo. It was created in 1977 to promote tourism in New York State amid the city’s crime, infamous blackout and widespread economic hardship.

His concept sketch, which is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is written in red on a paper envelope.

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

Glazer's fame grew with this poster for the Bob Dylan album in the 1960s.

Glazer’s fame grew with this poster for the Bob Dylan album in the 1960s. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

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

According to the National Endowment of the Arts, Glazer is the only graphic artist to have performed one-man shows at both the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2009.

Glazer designed the Brooklyn Brewery labels

Glazer designed the Brooklyn Brewery labels
Credit: Mike Larry / Getty Images North America / Getty Images

Recent designs include Brooklyn Brewery Label And poster for Season 7 “Mad Men.”

“Milton Glazer’s work is everywhere: in the logos of your supermarket, in the posters you see from the sidewalk, and in the identity of New York,” the magazine’s editors wrote in a statement. “The cover logo he wrote for the first issue of New York Magazine is not mentioned in your screens and in your mailbox: it is very durable. We are still using it 52 years later. We are sad to hear – but what a great life he lived. “

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Adam D. Crook

Adam D. Crook

Adam is a charismatic science communicator respected for his deep understanding of US S&T system. "New Frontiers in Science & Development' is the online platform he contributes to actively in addition to Science and Getty Images. He has won many national and international awards for his work. Explaining complexities of science in a simple language is his forte. He has extensive experience in reporting about the United State atomic energy program.
His pioneering work show casing US’s maiden mission to Mars and Moon has been applauded this aired in English for Television. In his two decades of writing for the prestigious American weekly Science, his stories have highlighted.

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