Milton Glaser Speaks at Creative Mornings

January 19, 2011

The design blog swissmiss launched the 2011 edition of its monthly Creative Mornings series at the SVA Theatre with a talk by the College’s Acting Chairman Milton Glaser. A capacity crowd filled the lobby and main auditorium on the morning of January 13 for a breakfast, lecture and Q&A session, hosted by swissmiss founder Tina Roth Eisenberg. (Past installments of the series have included MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller and MFA Interaction Design Department Chair Liz Danzico.)

Glaser took to the podium and showed examples of both preliminary and finished work as he talked about his creative inspirations (referring extensively to the lessons of Pablo Picasso’s career) and the upsides of failure. “You can’t fail often enough,” he said. “I urge you to fail more often in your professional life if you want to find out what you’re capable of.” Glaser also made several references to the SVA Theatre itself (which he designed), showing studies for the exterior marquee, lobby and even the carpet beneath the audience’s feet. Throughout the 20-minute talk, the accompanying images showcased one iconic design after another, attesting to the impact Glaser’s work has had on business and culture for more than half a century.

Following the talk, Eisenberg announced the next Creative Mornings event, which will take place on Friday, February 25, and feature MPS Branding Department Chair Debbie Millman at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.

Images: (top) Milton Glaser speaking at the SVA Theatre; (bottom) Glaser and Tina Roth Eisenberg. Photos by Emily Gilbert and Chasi Annexy, from the Creative Mornings Flickr feed.

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