Inspirational Artist and Designer

The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence.”
   ~ Milton Glaser

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Morning Hours... A Day's New Color

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.

Author: ShadowMason

ShadowMason is the online persona of Bill Hendricks. Bill teaches at Minneapolis Community Technical College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He teaches graphic and web design. He is an artist and holds a MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In his position at MCTC he appreciates the opportunity to assist his students to build a career in design and visual communications. He regards this as a special gift; as a way to show his appreciation to all that assisted and taught him.

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