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Milton Glaser

A color drawing of a dog by his dead owner’s feet and a typewriter.
Milton Glaser’s poster for the Olivetti Valentine typewriter.

Today I called my mother in Italy and she told me she read in a newspaper there that Milton Glaser died last night, on his 91st birthday. Mom has one of Milton’s posters that he gave to me, and I gave to her. Although she never met him she was, like many, touched by his work.

It took me a while to absorb this, but tears came as I waited in line at the farmer’s market, later in the morning.


The Core 100 Logotype Design

Core 100

Columbia University’s Centennial Celebration of its Core Curriculum has begun and you might spot a strange Core 100 logo here and there around the campus. Having designed the logotype, I wanted to give a visual overview of the work involved in making it.

Notebook page with Core 100 logotype design notes.


Watercolor for Arjomand Poster, New York City, 2019

Watercolor painting for a poster announcing Ramin Amir Arjomand’s upcoming 2019 November 7th concert at Columbia University’s Italian Academy.

The poster:

Arjomand2019 Poster 24x16in B Watercolor

The flyer: Arjomand2019 Flyer 8.5x11in B Watercolor

Signage Typography, New York City, 2019

Milton and Sue, New York City, 2015

Happy birthday to master Milton Glaser, creator of the I ❤️ NY logo among countless fine works, who I was lucky to discover through his book Graphic Design when I was younger, and even luckier to learn from and work with in person, with Sue Walsh and Dan Bates, for some months when I arrived in New York!

If you have 5 minutes today, please go see this video of Milton drawing. and read his essay, Ten Things I Have Learned (pdf).

I ❤️ Milton, Sue & Dan!

Julia Den Boer 2019 Poster, New York City, 2019

Poster design for Julia Den Boer’s upcoming concert at the Italian Academy.

Rime - Dante’s Workshop of the Heart, New York City, 2019

Poster design for the Global Dante Project of New York’s one-day conference happening at both lovely Italian houses of New York — the one near Columbia and the one near NYU. ¶ Directors: Maria Luisa Ardizzone · NYU & Teodolinda Barolini · Columbia University ¶ A One Day Conference · Friday · April 5 · 2019 ¶ Morning Session: Columbia (Italian Academy), 9 am–1 pm, 1161 Amsterdam Ave. (south of 118th St.) ¶ Afternoon Session: NYU, (Casa Italiana): 3 pm–6 pm, 24 West 12th Street (Greenwich Village) ¶ Presented By: New York University · Department of Italian Studies ¶ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò · Medieval D Renaissance Center ¶ In Collaboration With: Columbia University · Department of Italian ¶ Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America.

Arciuli Migrations Poster, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7pm the Italian Academy Presents:
Solo piano.
Part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America Festival

John Corigliano
Fantasy on an Ostinato

Nino Rota
8 Preludes

Chick Corea
Children’s Songs

Curtis Cacioppo
Armed and Dangerous

Missy Mazzoli
Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos

Frederic Rzewski
Down by the Riverside & Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Free Admission
First-come, first-seated. Doors open at 6:30 PM

In the Teatro of The Italian Academy, Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (south of 118th Street) New York City

Resisting, Reclaiming, Reframing Poster, 2019

One version of a poster for the upcoming Resisting, Reclaiming, Reframing Indigenous Communities and Art Museum Collections 2019 March 8 event at the Italian Academy organized by Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard College, Columbia University) with the Italian Academy’s International Observatory for Cultural Heritage. Co-sponsored by Columbia’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and University Seminar in Indigenous Studies.

Magdalena Baczewska Poster 2019, New York City, 2019

Another poster for one my favorite pianists, Magdalena Baczewska.

A recital of works by Bach, Busoni, Debussy, Chopin, Schumann & R.A. Arjomand ¶ Wednesday · February 27 2019 · 7 PM · In the Teatro of the Italian Academy at Columbia University ¶ 1161 Amsterdam Ave. (South of 118th St.) New York City ¶ Free Admission.

Here is the image used in the poster followed by some outtakes from the rehearsal shoot:

Magdalena Baczewska in the Teatro of the Italian Academy, 2019.
Magdalena Baczewska in the Teatro of the Italian Academy, 2019.
Magdalena Baczewska in the Teatro of the Italian Academy, 2019. Magdalena Baczewska in the Teatro of the Italian Academy, 2019. Magdalena Baczewska in the Teatro of the Italian Academy, 2019.

Julius Eastman Poster, New York City, 2019

The Italian Academy presents
MARCO FUSI · violin, viola d’amore
Philip Bartels, Duri Collenberg, Simone Keller, Lukas Rickli
Julius Eastman · Gay Guerrilla (1979)
Marcel Zaes · Quartet No.10 for four electronic metronomes (2016)
John Cage · The ten thousand things (1953/56)
Salvatore Sciarrino · Fra sé (2009)
Giacinto Scelsi · Xnoybis I, II, III (1965)
Salvatore Sciarrino · Capriccio di una corda (2009)
The Italian Academy · Columbia University · 1161 Amsterdam Ave. (south of 118th St.) NYC
With kind support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, and from Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. Photo of Julius Eastman by Donald W. Burkhardt.

See the full color sun-circle imagery on Dribbble.


Introducing a little project called imgtlk where people write about an image, or piece of art that can be represented visually (music, math, sculpture, literature, architecture, computer games, and so on), that was important to them, or inspired them somehow. It can be something they made themselves, or a piece created by someone else.


Italian Music by Women Drawing, New York City, November 2018

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco / David Witten Poster, October 2018

Poster for David Witten’s upcoming concert of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's music at the Italian Academy.

Mivos Quartet Poster, October 2018

Poster for Mivos Quartet’s upcoming concert at the Italian Academy.