I may be one of the few people on earth who did not know who Milton Glaser is…I was recently checking out a sale dedicated to his prints, etc on Fab.com when I decided to dig a little deeper. I googled him and came upon his website, which is where I learned that he established his design company in NYC in 1974 (the year I was born). This man has been designing for 37 years!
Looking at his company’s work, I realized that I have seen his work in my everyday
world without realizing it was him. Being a novice/occasional knitter, I’ve bought the Lion Brand Yarn for which Glaser’s company has designed the label. I remember noticing when they changed the design thinking how much better it looked. Here is some more of his work….
Design is everywhere…book covers, albums, magazines, print ads, bags, packaging, toys, beer bottle, T-shirts. It draws us into things. You pick up that book because of the cover, you want to listen to that unfamiliar band because of the album art, you buy that eyeshadow palette you don’t need because it’s pretty. It is the art of the everyday world.
I am obsessed with Pinterest! I know this has probably been around awhile, but it is a new discovery for me. I love collecting images – I’ve done it since childhood. I’d flip through magazines (Elle and Vogue) and cut out pictures of models or clothes I thought were beautiful. I learned to draw from these pictures, trying to make portraits of the models. I would trace an outline of their faces and then practice shading – until I eventually forced myself to practice without tracing.
Even as an adult I have a cork board in my home “office” with magazine clippings that I’ve collected – I might like the way light is reflected in an ad for a vase or the art direction of a high end fashion ad. I have folders filled with things that are inspiration for ideas I want to work on.
Pinterest makes this so much easier! I often find things online that I bookmark or download the image to a folder in my computer. Now with a click on the “pin it” button that Pinterest had me add to my browser bar I can add it and group it according to interest! For instance, I am obsessed with tiles right now because I want to create a “backsplash” in my kitchen. I want something beautiful and creative, so i have been collecting images and created a “tiles” board on Pinterest!