Milton Glaser’s poster for the Environmental Action Coalition has this simple message: Give Earth a Chance. Earth is shown trapped in a room with striped green carpet. The walls and ceiling are blue and flecked with stars, and outside a hazy sun is shining.
Designed by Glaser in 1970 when the initial Earth Day event took place and personally signed by him, it was his first environmental poster. Many followed.
Milton Glaser (1929-2020) was born in New York City where he spent his long career as an illustrator and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of Push Pin Studios in 1954 which became known for its innovative designs. His prolific works include not only this impressive poster but also the I ❤ NY logo, the iconic Bob Dylan psychedelic poster and the logos for DC Comics and Brooklyn Brewery. His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibits and placed in permanent collections in many museums worldwide. He was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts Award, which was bestowed on him by President Obama in 2009.