The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence.”
~ Milton Glaser
One of the most profound and inspirational artist I enjoy listening to and reading is Milton Glaser. At eighty-some, he is still creating, teaching, and being inspired by life and his surroundings. Here is a noted illustrator, graphic designer, and artist that keeps blurring the lines between that of artist and designer. His work is smart and direct. His words are that of a mentor and of a grandfather. His life and mark will influence graphic design for a longtime to come.
A video I love showing my students when they first step into my classroom was produced by Hillman Curtis, Milton Glaser: Art is Work. Here Milton Glaser highlights the role of the artist. The role of the artist is to provide a gift to the culture, so we have something in common with one another.” Words that I feel underscore what a gift the artist and designer has, no matter what their status in the marketplace.