Glaser was educated at New York City's High School of Music & Art, graduated from the Cooper Union in 1951 and later, via a Fulbright Scholarship, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna under Giorgio Morandi.
In 1954 Glaser was a founder, and president, of Push Pin Studios formed with several of his Cooper Union classmates.
Glaser's work is characterized by directness, simplicity and originality. He uses any medium or style to solve the problem at hand. His style ranges wildly from primitive to avant garde in his countless book jackets, album covers, advertisements and direct mail pieces and magazine illustrations.He started his own studio, Milton Glaser, Inc, in 1974. This led to his involvement with an increasingly wide diversity of projects, ranging from the design of New York Magazine, of which he was a co-founder, to a 600 foot mural for the Federal Office Building in Indianapolis.
His work has won numerous awards from Art Directors Clubs, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society of Illustrators and the Type Directors Club. In 1979 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and his work is included in the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum and the Musee de l'affiche in Paris. Glaser has taught at both the School of Visual Arts and at Cooper Union in New York City. He is a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI).
I find that i like Glaser's work even more because i heard him speak about life. I love his attitude about getting old. He thinks that its important to always appreciate the new and he knows that he probably has lasted as long as he has in the industry because he always finds himself interested and intrigued by new ideas, he says that there is constantly something new to learn and that is what makes design so wonderful. You can never finish learning. The man is eighty years old!
He is amazing. I'm so glad to have seen his interview. He makes me think more open about graphic design and makes me realise that only you are the only person who can limit yourself.