Milton Glaser: POP Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, and Beth Kleber

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'Milton Glaser's designs changed the way we see the world.' - Gloria Steinem

An overview of the work of illustrator and designer Milton Glaser during the 1960s and 70s

From 1954, when he co-founded the legendary Push Pin Studios, to the late ’70s, Milton Glaser was one of the most celebrated graphic designers of his day, whose work graced countless book and album covers, posters, magazine covers, and advertisements, both famous and little-known.

Glaser largely defined the international visual style for illustration, advertising, and typeface design and interest in his legacy continues unabated, with modern creatives acknowledging his influence; for example, in 2014 Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner enlisted Glaser to design the ad campaign and branding for the show’s final season.

His renowned work garnered solo exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Creator of the iconic ‘I love NY’ logo (featuring a heart symbol in place of the word ‘love’) and cofounder of New York magazine, Glaser received numerous accolades and lifetime achievement awards.

Across thousands of works across all print media, he invented a graphic language of bright, flat color, drawing and collage, imbued with wit. This collection of work from Glaser’s Pop period features hundreds of examples of his design that have not been seen since their original publication, demonstrating the graphic revolution that transformed design and popular culture.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 305 × 267 mm (12 1/64 × 10 33/64 in)
  • Pages: 288 pp
  • Illustrations: 1,100 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580936132

Steven Heller is cofounder of the MFA Design / Designer as Entrepreneur at School of Visual Arts, the program where Milton Glaser taught his Design and Intentions course for over ten years. He is also the author or coauthor of more than two hundred books on design and popular culture, most recently his memoir Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counterculture New York (2022). He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic online, and Wired, among many other publications.

Mirko Ilić is a designer, illustrator, and activist based in New York. He organizes and curates shows and lectures around the world, including most recently the Tolerance Poster Show, which has traveled to more than 150 locations in more than forty countries worldwide. He is the coauthor of more than ten books, including The Design of Dissent with Milton Glaser. Not only did he and Milton collaborate on many projects together, but their studios were adjacent to each other for decades.

Beth Kleber is the founding archivist of the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives at School of Visual Arts Archives in New York City. Prior to opening the Archives to the public, Beth spent two years selecting and preparing the collection with Milton Glaser at his studio on 32nd Street. In her role as Head of Archives, she lectures on design history and research and assists visiting researchers. She is curator and cocurator of several design exhibitions, and her essays have appeared in design anthologies and PRINT magazine, as well as contributing to the Container List blog.

Milton Glaser: Pop is a banquet of a book and an enormous pleasure to peruse.’ – Eye Magazine

‘[A] visual feast.’ – NPR

Named a best book of 2023 by The New Yorker, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal

‘More than 1,100 color images included in this broad overview, [with] Glaser’s wit ever-present.’ – The Associated Press

‘...the genius of Milton Glaser . . . with an eye to timeliness, intelligent text and gorgeous illustration.’ – The Wall Street Journal

‘A knockout coffee table book celebrating the often gorgeous, always compelling artwork of the graphic arts giant.’ – The Village Voice

‘The wide-ranging materials provide an in-depth look into Glaser’s bold, instantly-recognizable art style.’ – 6sqft

‘A look at Milton Glaser’s impact during the 60s and 70s.’ – Creative Review

‘No art director’s work was more influential than that of Milton Glaser. . . But his real achievement lies in what this anthology reveals: a breathtaking empire of imagery that encompassed two decades and was felt in later years.’ – The New Yorker

‘[A] gorgeous book featuring his work during the 1960s and 1970s.’ – Design Milk

'Milton Glaser's designs changed the way we see the world.' – Gloria Steinem

'Hundreds of Glaser’s works, unseen since their original publication, feature in print once more to show the legendary designer’s portfolio.' – It’s Nice That

'Whoever coined the phrase ‘the best things come to those who wait’ was onto something - for this Milton Glaser book is well worth the wait. Filled with his iconic graphics, this book is an absolute must-have for graphic design enthusiasts.' – Grazia

'A vibrant overview.' – Designboom

'Milton Glaser: Pop collects hundreds of his illustrated pieces and usefully funnels them into broad categories. . . That structure clarifies that he had a few go-to devices that he relied upon often and consistently, but it also reveals just how much you can do with a basic idea once you get good at it. And Glaser was very, very good at it.' – Curbed

'No art director’s work was more influential or instantly identifiable than that of Milton Glaser. The extent of that style, which adorned books and records and movies – and is revealed in a new anthology from Monacelli, courtesy of Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, and Beth Kleber, titled simply “Milton Glaser: Pop” – is astounding.' – The New Yorker

'A groovy new book featuring the iconic designer’s 1960s and ’70s work.' – SVA

'Glaser’s designs are synonymous with the ’60s and ’70s. [This] new book shows just how influential his style really was.' – Fast Company

'Across thematic chapters, the book features 1,100 images displaying Glaser’s influential graphic style of bright flat colour combined with visual wit across book and album covers, posters, magazines and advertisements many of them not seen since their original publication.' – Design Week