Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2004 he was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce work in many fields of design to this day.
Question: What keeps you up at night?
Milton Glaser: What keeps me up at night? Not much. Sometimes it's just when you reach 80 you realize that everything is falling apart. Things that you didn't know you even had begin to fall apart, but I don't worry about many things actually. My life has been free of pain; I've had a marvelous life. I don't have anxiety issues.
Question: You have no worries at all?
Milton Glaser: I don't know. What I enjoy more than anything else is coming to work in the morning with a wonderful group of people, young people who are responsive and lively and full of energy; just the experience of sharing what you know with others and listening for different viewpoints and working collaboratively. It is so much fun. My great dread, if we must [talk] about what keeps me up at night, is the idea that some day I may have to stop working. The idea of dying at my desk is the most attractive thing I can think of.
Recorded on: August 27, 2009