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Oct. 11th, 2005 | 08:44 pm

When I was eight I had rheumatic fever and I was in bed for almost a year. And my life consisted of working on a wooden board that my mother would bring to me—it was a plank about this tall—and several pounds of clay. And every day I would make either a city or an army, or animals or figures, and so on. At the end of every day I would pound them down [hits table] and I would spend the night dreaming of starting again the next day. And I realized that art had redeemed my life, because I was never bored for a minute that whole year.
 — Milton Glaser in an interview with Chip Kidd

CK: Do you personally use a computer to design things?

MG: I've been using it increasingly, but I never touch it.

CK: You never touch it.

MG: No, but I've been working with assistants who do. And I think it's a terribly destructive instrument for people at the beginning of their professional life. But I think for people over forty, it's a great instrument.

CK: Really.

MG: Yes. Because your sense of form is not determined by the computer. I mean, by the time you have a sense of what form is, what structure is, what line is, all the rest of that stuff, then you can use a computer. If you use it too early, it begins to dominate your aesthetic. And you become very susceptible to its capabilities, which is a totally different thing than taking advantage of its capability.

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