- by Barney Davey
To help celebrate the April 27 DVD release of To Inform and Delight, you have a chance to enter and win a copy of the DVD version of this inspiring documentary on Milton Glaser.
To me, as with many in the art and design community, Milton Glaser is a hero. I have written about him many times. This post, Milton Glaser – 10 Things I Have Learned – The Secret of Art, has had more hits and retweets than any of the other nearly 300 I have published since 2007.
Previously I have been honored to be asked to help promote the theatrical release of the documentary on him, To Inform and Delight. In a raffle for my blog readers, I gave both a copy of his book, Drawing is Thinking, and his iconic Bob Dylan poster to the winners who were announced in a later post.
If you have previously registered, send me an email to barney @barneydavey.com and let me know you want to included in the raffle for the DVD drawing. As before, names will be added to a spreadsheet and a random number generator will choose the winner. The drawing will close in two weeks on April 19. The winner will be announced on April 27, the date of the the release.
Because the film is so entertaining and offers so much to learn, I have watched a preview copy twice. Art is all around us. You see it in supermarket signs and restaurant windows. If you live in or visit New York, you see the effects of it everywhere and undoubtedly much that comes from the fertile mind and hand of Milton Glaser. The New York Times had this to say in a review of the film:
“The hallmarks of his work are its simplicity, wit and elegance; it may be commercial art, but with a capital A. One of his strategies, he says, is to appeal to the problem-solving part of the brain by creating simple visual puzzles.”
I love the cleverness of his way of thinking. often presented, much like the man, in a compelling and unassuming manner. Milton Glaser is a born teacher and we, his students, are so much the better for it. Film critic, Paul Brenner, offered these observations about Glaser and the film:
At one point in the film, Glaser takes a swipe at ‘fine artists’ who work in solitary confinement to create artworks that find their way (hopefully) into the arms of single purchasers: ‘I could never get the idea of making a painting that somebody would then put in their house. It seemed weird to me. I wanted to do work that was public, that was on the street, that people saw.’ And, although Glaser himself possesses fine art that hangs from the walls of his apartment -weird — as far as New York City is concerned, he has kept to his vision as a public artist and has made his stamp on his hometown as pervasive as Robert Moses, only less Hitleresque. Glaser has an unfettered love for New York City and this love is reflected in his designs. He remarks,’New York does the job that America is supposed to do.’ And, at least for Glaser, his designs do the job that art is supposed to do.
Finally, here is a description from NewVideo.com, the company releasing the DVD:
For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and the enduring I ♥ NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.
Artfully directed by first time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser’s personal life and capture his immense warmth, humanity and the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity.