Category Archives: Graphic Design

Milton Glaser (1929 – 2020)

Paying homage to a graphic design icon, Milton Glaser.  The artist attended the High School of Music & Art and Cooper Union in New York City.  In 1954 he co-founded Push Pin Studios whose works became the guiding reference in the world of graphic design.  He left Push Pin in 1975 and established his own firm, Milton Glaser, Inc.  No doubt you have seen his iconic designs, “I Love New York” logo, Bob Dylan Poster and the typeface, Glaser Stencil. His work is in the permanent collection of several museums and in 2009 received the National Medal of Arts.   

You can view more of his work here on his website.

Images:  Courtesy of Milton Glaser Studio.

El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) 1890–1941


El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) was a Russian born artist, designer, typographer, photographer and architect. The avant-garde artist left behind him a profound impact on the world of art and design.  His visual concepts were considered a breakthrough and helped to shape graphic design as we know it today.  Here are a few of his design philosophies:

“The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush.  This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which already existing in the world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people.”

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”

“We believe that the elements in the chemical formula of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age.”


Images:  Courtesy of various sources.


Levente Szabo

Admiring the minimalist art of freelance graphic designer and illustrator Levente Szabo.  The Hungarian designer is know for his spartan approach to design using basic linear shapes and solid colors.  On Talking with the Pros he says this about how his job as an illustrator influences his life:

“I like the term ‘design is a way of thinking’.”

“And I know it’s a cliché, but you can constantly learn from your surroundings: are you traveling with a bus? Look at the passengers – how does an ear look like from behind? Are you sitting in a loud pub? What are the people talking about based on their body language? Are you just walking the dog? Look up and enjoy the rarely seen details of the buildings! There are interesting details everywhere and the more you know, the more tools you’ll have when you sit down drawing.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Levente Szabo.

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