Saturday, August 1, 2009

Milton Glaser's Pets and Things with Wings

Having just joined the recently formed Designed by Glaser flickr group, founded by Art Director and collector Barry Smith, I feel inspired to share some of this graphic design genius' work. Animal art is not exactly what Glaser is famous for, but many beautiful images showcase his illustrative talent lovingly applied to this subject. Most of the pictures in this post come from the book Art is Work.

Glaser was inspired by his friend and publisher Peter Mayer's love of elephants 
to create the flying elephant logo for Overlook Press.

The 1965 children's book Cats and Bats and Things with Wings, with poems by Conrad Aichen, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best juvenile books of the year. I am definitely planning to get my hands on a copy.

This watercolor portrait of Glaser's beloved cat Annie became a poster for the Animal Rescue Fund.

Another pet portrait, this time the not-so-loved dwarf rabbit Mookie.

A rainbowed snow tiger watercolor for Buffalo Zoological Gardens.

In this 1971 poster for Olivetti Valentine, Glaser transformed the mourning dog 
detail from Piero di Cosimo's Renaissance painting Morte di Procri
into one of my favorite advertising icons ever.


  1. Super Glaser collection here! Love that elephant plus the grasshopper spread... great typography combined with the illustration.

  2. hi ... I personally really enjoy reading blogs like these, mainly because I like animals very much in fact I adore them. I would like to receive much more information about this topic.



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