Monday, March 14, 2005

10 Things I Have Learned by Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser was a mentor of mine in college, although he didn't know it. Upon design class enrollment, we were to learn his name, study his philosophy, and emulate his passion. God help any of us if we could be so enlightened and talented.

Meanwhile, Professor Milton has created a collage of learned ideas influenced by artisans all over the world. Cultures include African groups to the Balinese whose approach to art is not a separate activity from daily life. I believe life is performance art, and if this is true, I'm almost always embarrassing myself onstage.

Here's a list of Milton's practice of design repackaged attractively from the past 50 years:

1 - You can only work for people that you like
2 - If you have a choice, never have a job
3 - Some people are toxic, avoid them
4 - Professionalism is not enough or The Good is the Enemy of the Great
5 - Less is not necessarily more
6 - Style is not to be trusted
7 - How you live changes your brain
8 - Doubt is better than certainty
9 - Solving the problem is more important that being right
10 - Tell the Truth

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