Milton Glaser A’51

Glaser-Milton-1.1Milton Glaser, A’51, is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. Following graduation from The Cooper Union, he received a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy, under Giorgio Morandi. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios with fellow CU graduates Seymour Chwast A’51, Reynold Ruffins A’51 and Simms Taback A’53. In 1968, he co-founded New York magazine with Clay Felker, serving as President and Design Director until 1977.

He established his own design firm, Milton Glaser, Inc., in 1974, and WBMG, a publication design firm with Walter Bernard, in 1983. Milton Glaser designed one of the most recognizable logos in history, “I Heart NY,” commissioned by the state of New York in 1976. He updated that logo in 2001 when he produced the “I ♥ NY More Than Ever,” following the World Trade Center attacks.

His work is in the collections of the MoMA, the Israel Museum.

He designed more than 400 posters. 

He was married to Shirley Girton Glaser A’56 with whom he collaborated on the children’s books “If Apples Had Teeth” (1960), “The Alphazeds” (2003) and “The Big Race” (2005). They lived in Manhattan and Woodstock, N.Y.

Milton Glaser was inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.

Milton Glaser website

Glaser Milton - IMAGE from COOP Publication

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Milton Glaser was elected Alumni Trustee and served as a regular trustee of The Cooper Union also.


Milton Glaser, A’51, received the 1966 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award, the 1966 President’s Citation and the 2002 Urban Visionaries Award.

Milton Glaser passed away on June 26, 2020 at age 91.


  • Milton Glaser 1929-2020 Obituary, The New York Times, June 29, 2020. Link
  • “Milton Glaser, Master Designer of ‘I<3 NY’ is dead at 91.” Link
  • Milton Glaser| The Work, the Milton Glaser Website, Link