I find that the older I get, the more I hear my friends and peers express a general ennui with their careers. I suppose it’s understandable. It can be tough to go from “you can be whatever you want to be!” to “here’s your office and don’t leave until you finish that memo.” We all eventually get pigeonholed into a box of one kind or another (more on the box in a minute). Even at parties and social gatherings, it’s less about who we are as individuals and more about “what we do.”
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