Milton Glaser’s 10 rules for life & work: Professionalism is not enough

Open Culture documents the celebrated designer’s wisdom gained over his long life and career. And there’s a bonus video by the artist too

The 86-year-old Milton Glaser’s many contributions to pop culture---the I ❤ NY logo, the psychedelic portrait of a rainbow-haired Bob Dylan, DC Comics’ classic bullet logo---confer undeniable authority. To the outside eye, the graphic designer seems to have a pretty firm handle on the path he's been traveling for lo these many decades. Aspirant designers would do well to give extra consideration to any advice he might share.

As would the rest of us.

His “Ten Things I Have Learned,” originally delivered as part of a talk to the AIGA---a venerable membership organization for design professionals---qualifies as solid life advice of general interest.

Yes, the Internet spawns bullet-pointed tips for better living the way spring rains yield mushrooms, but Glaser, a self-described “child of modernism” who's still a contender, does not truck in pithy Instagram-friendly aphorisms. Instead, his list is born of reflection on the various turns of a long and mostly satisfying creative career.

Read Glaser’s ten rules for work and life (& a bonus joke about a rabbit) here.

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