Milton Glaser on using design to make ideas new

Design icon Milton Glaser talks about design and ideas on Ted Talks. He is responsible for these very recognizable graphics:

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Theft and Art


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“Originality is the art of concealing your sources”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Good artists copy; great artists steal”

– Pablo Picasso

I think it was Gerry Leonardo who told our class that it was okay to “attach” ourselves to another  artist, to have a similar visual vocabulary and artistic concerns. It was normal for artists starting out to reference more established artists. But a break must occur, where an artist must find his or her own vision.