For me, “To Inform and Delight” reinforced the power graphic design and designers have on the way ideas and places are perceived. In the documentary, Milton Glaser made apparent his love of food and spoke about his work shaping the food culture of New York City. At the time, inexpensive cuisine and dive restaurant were undesirable to the general public. However, Glaser’s work designing menus and logos for restaurants helped changed the public’s images about what was chic in terms of dining. Without Glaser, the food culture of New York City would probably not be as huge as it is today. His designs fostered the idea that smaller locales with average pricing could serve great food and that these places had a special quality about them that mimicked the originality of NYC.
Glaser also spoke about his understanding of style. For most, style is a signature in which people strive to be defined. To Glaser, style meant monotony. Through Glaser’s definition of style, I learned that a multi-faceted personality and an acceptance of art and culture in all its forms is what inspires great work. By not sticking to one specific type of style, and even almost fearing becoming a ‘style,’ Glaser embodied the idea of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone to create ingenious works of design. I found it amazing that throughout his entire career Glaser brought a new idea to each project he worked on, from museums to restaurants to schools. At the same time, I wasn’t too surprised by Glaser’s creativity; with an eccentric personality like his, I imagine he’s always thinking outside of the box in every aspect of his life. This documentary and Glaser’s outlook inspired me to keep learning new things and having new experiences, since inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere.