The Act Of Making Things: To Inform & Delight   1 comment

“The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes, and even modest talent with those characteristics grows.”Milton Glaser

Tuesday evening, we went to see Bob Dylan at the Casino Del Sol AVA Amphitheater. When I listen to Dylan’s music, many images come to mind. One such image is the Dylan poster by Milton Glaser, which in turn reminds me of a line from the Chronicle’s Rick Mitchell’s review several years ago of Bob Dylan’s CD, “Time Out of Mind,” in which Mitchell said the title should have been, “Mind Out of Time!” I felt like writing the Houston Chronicle to express my disagreement, but I didn’t. However, in Dylan’s live performance, there are times when I began to think Rick was correct.

If you, like I, appreciate the work of Milton Glaser, then you will enjoy the 2008 documentary Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight, which is now out on DVD. 

“I [internalized] this idea that it didn’t matter whether I was called an artist or a designer or an illustrator or whatever else it was. The core value was always the act of making things, and the transformation of an idea that you hold in your mind that becomes real or material. That, to me, still is the glory of any creative activity.” Milton Glaser

Glaser and Dylan are both real artists, regardless of what each may be called. Each in their own way is making things that inform and delight.



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One response to “The Act Of Making Things: To Inform & Delight

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  1. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    I’m reblogging this post from July 2011 as a follow-up to my post this morning on Glaser’s death at 91. — kenne


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