Glaser graduated from Cooper Union; in 1954 he co-founded Push Pin Studios, along with fellow Cooper grads Edward Sorel, Seymour Chwast, and Reynold Ruffins. Glaser and Chwast directed Push Pin for twenty years, while it became a guiding reference in the world of graphic design.
Glaser's work is displayed in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Glaser is the subject of the 2009 documentary film To Inform and Delight: The World of Milton Glaser.
Milton Glaser Inc.
Milton Glaser, Inc. was established in 1974 in Manhattan, and is still producing work in a wide range of design disciplines, including corporate identities (logos, stationery, brochures, signage, website design, and annual reports), environmental and interior design (exhibitions, interiors and exteriors of restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail environments), packaging (food and beverage packaging), and product design. The firm's clients include the Brooklyn Brewery, JetBlue, Target, Coach, Trump, Eleven Madison Park, Alessi, Juilliard, the Rubin Museum of Art, Theatre for a New Audience, the School of Visual Arts, Bread Alone, ADV Magazine's Philly Gold Awards, Philip Roth, Clay Felker, and numerous periodicals.
In addition to Glaser, the studio employs three designers (Sue Walsh, Jee-eun Lee, and Molly Watman) and a studio manager (Scarlett Rigby).
In 2004, Glaser won a National Design Award Lifetime Achievement from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2009, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
In addition to commercial enterprises, Milton Glaser’s work has been exhibited world-wide. His one-person shows include:
• Museum of Modern Art, New York (1975)
• Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1977)
• Lincoln Center Gallery, New York (1981)
• Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, New York (1984)
• Vicenza Museum (1989)
• Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1989).
In 1991, he was commissioned by the Italian government to create an exhibition in tribute to the Italian artist, Piero della Francesca, for part of the celebrations on the occasion of his 500th anniversary. This show opened in Arezzo, Italy and one year later (under the sponsorship of Campari) moved to Milan. In 1994, The Cooper Union, Glaser’s alma mater, hosted the show in New York.
In 1992, an exhibition of drawings titled “The Imaginary Life of Claude Monet” opened at Nuages Gallery, Milan; another version of this show was exhibited in Japan’s Creation Gallery in 1995. In the same year, the Art Institute of Boston hosted a Glaser exhibition.
In 1997, the Suntory Museum, Japan, mounted a Push Pin Studios retrospective, featuring works by Glaser and other Push Pin artists. In October 1999, Glaser’s illustrations of Dante’s "Purgatorio" were exhibited at the Nuages Gallery. Nuages also organized a large exhibition of Glaser’s work during the 2000 Carnival of Venice.