Skype conversation with Milton Glaser

After the free To Inform & Delight screening at The Art Institute of CA-OC, Milton Glaser was available on Skype to answer questions from students in the audience. These are moments when I truly love the conveniences of the 21st Century.

There were a few quotes Glaser made in the movie that relate to the themes addressed in the following Q&A session. These are loosely translated – I don’t own the movie yet, so forgive a little error in my rendering.

Q. Who are your favorite illustrators right now?
In the movie Glaser said, “You get to a point where you realize that everything relates to its opposite.” Perhaps this influences his answer.

Q. What advice do you have for students?
While Glaser tries to offer no advice, in To Inform & Delight he does say, “In failure you learn what you are doing. In our business, applied art, the problem is you have to move toward success.” Here is what he offered our student:

Q. What are you reading now?

At first, Glaser commented (as he does in the movie) about the profound effect Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (Vintage)
had on his practice. More recently, he has just finished reading Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields. On a similar topic, I also recommend Lawrence Lessig’s latest, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.

Q. How do you feel about students or professionals who mimic your work?
While Glaser does not speak directly to plagiarism or copyright issues in the movie, he does say, “The great enemy of art is the institution of belief, or style.”

Q. Finally, do you have any parting words for us?

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