Milton Glaser 1929–2020

Milton Glaser was born in 1929 to Hungarian Jewish émigrés living in the South Bronx. From a young age, he sketched and recalls that his “earliest commissions were in grade school, where [he] drew naked women for older boys for a penny a piece”. At twelve-years-old, he began taking formal drawing lessons with the Russian American social realist painter Moses Soyer. Glaser was exposed to social consciousness (an ethos that would come to shape his practice as a designer) from a young age, growing up in communist-leaning cooperative housing in the Bronx and steeped in a progressive, Jewish “attitude toward life, food, music, and intellectual pursuit”.

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