If you’re part of the one percent that can afford a piece of art by Andy Warhol, please stop reading this. You just don’t need any more tips. But for those of you who, like me, currently only covet a Robert Longo, or Kiki Smith, here’s a piece of advice. Forget about them! Value is in the eye of the beholder, and with the advent of independent e-commerce sites springing up we’re seeing an almost endless supply of new work by young artists that draw from contemporary culture. Giving us insight into how we’re ingesting the present world.
I sat down with Milton Glaser last week. Not only am I working with Milton at my day job, I also recorded our conversation for Dwell too. Meeting legends typically don’t phase me. I’ve met them all from design icons to rock gods. But Milton is the quintessential New Yorker. It was quite a joyous event for me. The below statement about “I Love New York/I Heart New York” was particularly fascinating for me as he not only explained it’s design inspiration, something I’d never heard, but also explained how ubiquitous the statement had become. It’s a fun read:
I am sure you have answered this about a million times, but I have to ask about “I Love New York” or “I Heart New York.” I don’t even know what to call it! Love or heart?
What you may not realize that is that the heart, a symbol used as a verb, has now entered into the Oxford English Dictionary. This happened a couple of weeks ago. So heart is now a verb. It entered with an acknowledgement that “I Love New York” was the manifestation that did it, the first symbol ever to enter the Oxford Dictionary. You can call it either one as both are correct.
Forgive me while I geek out for a minute. But the other day I met the legend Milton Glaser! Milton Glaser is a design legend. That cannot be overstated. The man created the “I Heart New York” logo, arguably the most copied design in the world. I spent the afternoon with Milton. We talked about…
Found in the MoMA online archive is this early sketch by designer Milton Glaser of his now-iconic “I (Heart) NY” logo. And click here to see the concept layout. [Via]
The New York Times recently asked readers to submit their own version of the iconic “I Heart NY” icon, but with the twist of remixing it with other brands and logos. You can view the submissions here online. YMMV (your mileage may vary) as some of them are terrific and others…terrible. The 81-year-old design guru…
There seems to be a lot of list-making in the air. There are Phaidon’s recent Top 100 books. Art Basel in Switzerland is going on right now, a veritable who’s who and who’s best in the art world. After Cannes a month back we had the Tony Awards which announced Scarlett Johansson as a new best in theatre. Soccer teams are duking it out in the World Cup to see who’s best, at Le Mans last weekend we saw who raced the best, fastest and longest and this past Sunday we saw another feat at Wimbledon. The competitions for top rank abound, and let’s not forget design. In a recent interview with Print Magazine, Milton Glaser, designer and founder of New York Magazine, gave his own list of designers who have inspired his work over the course of his long career. It’s a good list, but alas, no pictures! To amend a case of better seen than heard I offer here a visual list of Milton’s Top 5. If you’re in need of a bit of midweek inspiration, click forth!
1. Herbert Bayer