Milton Glaser on drawing

“If you can’t draw, it’s very hard to create form. That’s why most of the things we see produced by designers today are basically images found online, replicated, and altered to sufficiently match a desired aesthetic. To some extent you’re a victim of what you can find.

Incidentally, that does not seem to be an impediment to professional life. 99 percent of designers work that way. The other day I was doing a poster and I wanted a vase of flowers and a Corinthian column, something that would have formerly taken me six hours to find. In two minutes I had both those pieces of information in front of me and I could use them, but I’m not sure that the speed of that acquisition doesn’t become an impediment to observation. This is why people always ask these stupid questions about computer and non-computer. The great thing about the computer is its ability to accelerate your production of an object. Its great limitation is that same acceleration prevents you from understanding what you’re doing.

To me drawing is really a manifestation or understanding of what is real, giving you the power to replicate what exists in your mind. Otherwise, like I said, you’re just a victim of what you can find.”

— Milton Glaser (via Please Make This Look Nice)