“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
Although I am a potential Design major, I admit that I had never heard of Milton Glaser. I found this film interesting because I love learning more about design and the different paths you can take as a Designer. Coming into this course, I was nervous because I never worked with InDesign or Illustrator before. While I would consider myself an artistic person, I did not know if I would be able to translate the ideas in my head onto a computer screen. I like that Glaser does a lot of hand-drawn designs because I enjoy drawing and feel more in control than making an illustration entirely on the computer.
I think what most impresses me about Glaser is his versatility. I was inspired by his ability to come up with so many different designs. As a designer, you need to constantly be coming up with new concepts in order to be successful. I think one of my biggest challenges will be pushing myself to think outside the box. I often get stuck and end up doing the same thing over and over because I know it works, and I am scared to try something new. I realize that sometimes you need to fail in order to later succeed and I’m sure Glaser and other great designers had to overcome something similar. I also find it crazy that he is still so sharp and talented despite his age. So many things have changed over the span of time in which he has been designing, and he has had to adapt.
I love the Glaser quote above because it encourages me to do great things. Even though I may not be the most naturally talented person, if I work hard enough and push myself I can be just as creative as the next person.