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Inspired Times by Milton Glaser

Sam Frentzel-Beyme Follow Managing Partner & Strategy Director

The Short of It

  • Milton Glaser’s 1966 poster for Bob Dylan’s greatest hits album is known for it's elegant simplicity.
  • Using DuChamp’s 1957 self-portrait for inspiration, Milton finds a way to seamlessly blend two worlds into a newly singular voice.
  • Design work is often about repurposing history with one's own unique style.

It’s probably not polite to talk about what one gets for presents, but in this case I’m just going to go with the inspiration. In this particular instance, it’s Milton Glaser’s 1966 poster for Bob Dylan’s greatest hits album. While the year of the album and poster were a little before my time, I can’t help but be slightly enamored by the “psychedelic dazzle” of the piece, especially given it’s elegant simplicity.

But for me the more interesting part of the story is Milton’s ability to repurpose history with his own unique style. Using DuChamp’s 1957 self-portrait for inspiration, he finds a way to seamlessly blend two worlds into a newly singular voice. Instead of out with the old and in with the new, it’s in with the old and with it let’s build the new.

Kind of nice wrap to the year and interesting starting point for 2011. There also a short but interesting article on Milton and the poster at Smithsonian.com.

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