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“The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you. And what is possible is within the computer’s capacity. And while it seems at the beginning like this incredibly gifted and talented service it actually has a very limited intelligence. The brain is so much vaster than the computer, but, the computer is very insistent about what it’s good at. And before you know it it’s like being with somebody who has bad habits — you sort of fall into the bad habits and it begins to dominate the way you think about what is possible.”

— Milton Glaser

I can literally spend hours watching Milton Glaser interviews. If you’re unfamiliar with Milton Glaser, I’m sure you’re more familiar with one of his greatest logos: ‘I ♥ NY’. Yes, this is the man behind the iconic symbol New York City has been using 1977. Not to mention, this guy is the acting chairman of the School of Visual Arts so I’ve had the honor of meeting this legend in person a few times. He’s a wonderful man that shares a wonderful view on design. Personally, I love his perspective on design and it’s process. This just happens to be another one of his wonderful thought-provoking interviews. Bookmark this for when you have 45 minutes to spare.

“The computer’s a dangerous instrument because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible.” – Milton Glaser

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  • Very unique and eye-opening point-of-view about the computers. So true.
    I didn’t know him, but who doesn’t know the “I ♥ NY” symbol. So this is the genius behind it, then!
    I took photography classes at the SVA. Fantastic (and I really mean it!) school!

  • Kia Perry | Girly+Inspired

    Very, very interesting quote! I definitely had to read it twice to really get its full meaning.

  • I just watched Art & Copy where they talked about the process behind the ‘I ♥ NY’ logo. Such an amazing innovator!