Friday, April 20, 2018

VAROOM! Magazine Design

Looking through the very impressive website of English designer, Fernando Gutiérrez,
and to my astonishment, I came across his designs of VAROOM! Magazine, with my illustration,
which made me happy.


Friday, April 6, 2018

AIGA Eye on Head to Toe

"In the new book Head to Toe: Nudity in Graphic Design, Mirko Ilić and Steven Heller chart the history of designers using the naked body as a graphic device. The book documents hundreds of examples, from the overt to the subtly suggestive. And in the process, it explores how public perception of the nude body has evolved from a bold provocation to an established marketing tool. We asked Heller and Ilić to choose five of the most significant uses of the nude body in recent graphic design history, and explain, in their own words, how it’s changed the way we think about nudity, and by extension, ourselves." –Liz Stinson

"In 1968, Rolling Stone featured Yoko Ono and a nude John Lennon from the rear (the famed full-frontal image from the Two Virgins album was shown inside). This nudity was not new to the underground press of the ’60s but it was the first time actual celebrities appeared in birthday attire on the cover of a national publication. It was a shock—the magazine and the album. But this was an era of shocks. Once the first jolt of surprise was over, it became part of the cultural flow.”

You can read the whole article at AIGA Eye on Design.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lecture at MOME

Last week, as a part of my visit to MOME - Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) in Budapest, Hungary, I gave a lecture about the Design of Dissent. Special thanks to professor Vargha Balazs, who organized this lecture.

Workshop at MOME

Last week, I had a workshop at MOME - Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) in Budapest, Hungary. The students in the workshop created posters about different social causes. They did an excellent job, especially considering that they only have two and a half days to complete the task. The workshop was organized by professor Vargha Balazs. You can see photographs of the workshop below.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mirko Ilic Corp. is Hiring

Mirko Ilic Corp. is hiring a junior designer/studio assistant. The job requires a solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, and proficiency in English language, in order to update social media and answer emails.
Working papers will need to be in order.
Please send a resume with links to your work, include your availability and salary expectations to:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lecture at Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest

Poster announcement of my lecture The Design of Dissent at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME), Hungary. The lecture is going to be on March 21 at 6:00pm at MOME Z in Nagy Auditorium.

Friday, March 9, 2018

I Want You To Point Finger

Angelina Lippert curator at Poster House wrote an extensive article on their website about my lecture Pointing Finger, a history of pointing finger in graphic design, which was used as a base for their window display for their Hot Poster Gossip window series.

The article includes my comments from the lecture and Angelina's additional research.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Steady Now, Blue Two!

"Brick Bradford" by Paul Norris, daily comic strip art, dated 3.13.1968.
Still collecting pieces of my youth. I was reading this comic when I was young.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Poster for The King of Betajnova

Poster created for the Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade, Serbia for the play The King of Betajnova (Kralj Betajnove) by Ivan Cankar, directed by Milan Neskovic.

The King of Betajnova is a social-critical drama on the complete demise of ethics and justice. The central figure of the play is the factory owner, tycoon and candidate for MP, Jozef Kantor: a social climbing, egocentric, manipulative, violent, power-thirsty materialist… Bribery, dirty lobbying and intrigues are the essential tools for attaining his goal.

Friday, March 2, 2018

9/11 Memorial & Museum

I know lately I've been bragging about my work being in collections of different museums and institutions (MoMA, SFMOMA, The Smithsonian), but I didn't mention before one which is very close to my heart. Not only because I'm a New Yorker, but also because I witnessed the first airplane hitting World Trade Center on September 11th.

Later I felt the urge to create this art called Still Standing which suggests that, in a spiritual sense, the Twin Towers are still in existence. The number of figures I used to construct the image approximates the number of victims of the tragic event.

Now I'm honored that this art was chosen to be part of The National September 11 Memorial & Museum's collection.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pointing Finger at Poster House

Today Poster House (119 West 23rd Street) unveiled a new window display for their Hot Poster Gossip series, which will be on view until the end of March. The window display is an adaptation of my lecture Pointing Finger, which I gave at the Museum of the City of New York in 2017. The lecture was about the history of the pointed finger appearing in art and poster design.

The window design was created by Ola Baldych.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

My Works in SFMOMA Collection

I'm proud to announce that SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art selected three of my works for their collection.

Fuel (2002), poster Darfur (2006) which I created with Daniel Young, and Radioactive Waste (2010) also created with Daniel Young.

PRINT Magazine Cover Archives 1940–2017

Print magazine just posted online 77 years of their covers. I was honored to create 2 of them, one in 1998 and one in 2012.

You can see all the covers here:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Tadanori Yokoo in Neshan magazine

The leading Iranian graphic design magazine Neshan just published the essay I wrote about Tadanori Yokoo, which was originally published in IDEA, Japanese design magazine.