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Day 91 – 91 years

Milton Glaser greceiving the National Medal of the Arts
A very special moment in Milton's career was receiving the National Medal for the Arts from President Obama

Today my mentor, friend and hero passed away. Born on June 26, 1929 he died on his 91st Birthday. Apart from my amazing parents, Margot and Peter Maas, and my husband, James O’Brien, Milton is the most formidable influence on my life. His influence and inspiration is pivotal in the lives of everyone I know fortunate enough to meet or work with him.

I am eternally grateful for every single thing he taught me and inspired me with. I share the genius he shared so generously with everyone that I can. Here are some wise words from him that I live by everyday:

There are three possible responses to a piece of design. Yes, no and WOW! — Wow is the one to aim for.

Design is about creating affection.

You can only work with people you like.

Below are two films with Milton. “One Thing Leads to Another” a lecture for Napier University students and my friend (the Chancellor) David Eustace who photographed Milton above, and “To Inform and Delight” a film by Wendy Keys (I’m very pregnant with PJ and some of my filming of Milton’s SVA intensive class is shown).