Milton Glaser, designer of ‘I ♥  NY’ logo and Rhode Island’s ‘Cooler and Warmer’ dead at 91

Milton Glaser, the creator of the iconic “I ♥  NY” logo and the highly criticized “Cooler and Warmer” campaign for the State of Rhode Island, died on Friday on his 91st birthday of a stroke.

While his New York claim to fame was the graphically catchy, and emoji-prescient, 1977 New York state tourism logo, his work in Rhode Island was a widely panned effort by the Raimondo administration to rebrand the state for tourism. The failed multi-million dollar campaign paid Glaser’s firm more than $400,000 for it’s work on the logo and slogan.

Cooler and warmer

He first sketched the “I ♥  NY” design on the back of an envelope — with red crayon — during a taxi ride, the New York post noted.

I heart NY Milton Glaser

Glaser only closed up shop on his Kips Bay offices — a 10,000 square-foot Beaux-Arts townhouse where he helped found New York Magazine — in April of last year.