Friday, August 22, 2014


This is the spread from the new book, "LOGOGRAMA," from Sandu Publishing (China), featuring our identity design for the Play restaurant at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams Making Fun of My Work

Robin Williams Wins Special Achievement Award - Golden Globes 1993,
a certificate designed by me.
Of course he used that opportunity to make fun of it.

"Backstage, Williams held up his award. 'What is this?' he teased.
'It's cardboard. It's not framed, and it has a whole in it.' Pointing to the tiny
Golden Globe in the corner, he asked, 'Is that the size I get?
Maybe it's redeemable, like a coupon.'
'It's art,' a member of the host committee pointed out.
It is, in fact, an original work by the artist, Mirko Ilic."

Video of Robin Williams receiving the award:

Friday, July 11, 2014

LogoLounge- The Eighth Volume

"LogoLounge 8 is judged by an international panel of identity designers including
Mikey Burton, Quique Ollervides, Katie Kirk, Fraser Davidson, Debbie Millman, Ty Mattson, Mike Abbink, and Simon Frouws. 
Of the more than 35,000 logos submitted, 2,000 were selected to be featured in the 8th edition of this bestselling series. This inspiring collection provides a wealth of insight for graphic designers and their clients."

We are honored that despite the tight competition, two of our logos for

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Finding Carter" Key Art

A month ago MTV's VP Off Air Creative Jim F. deBarros asked me to come up with concept for a new MTV series, "Finding Carter". The series follows Carter Stevens, a young girl who has a perfect life with her single mother Lori, until a police bust at a party reveals that Carter is a missing child abducted by Lori. Now, Carter returns to her biological family and must navigate through her new life whilst vowing to be reunited with Lori.

Of course my first thought was the milk carton missing child alert, but that was not enough. Then I remembered the idiom, "spilled milk" which Americans use when something goes wrong.

Campaign was photographed by Rene Cervantes. 
Designed by Chris Peck and Lance Rusoff.
Art Directed by me. 

On July 8th was first episode of the show on MTV.
Announced by billboards, posters, and digital media some of which you can see below:

Digital board:

Here is a few photographs of "Finding Carter" billboard in Los Angeles,
posted by Daily Billboard blog, with comment: "With its clever milk carton visual you instantly know that MTV's Finding Carter series is going to be about a missing child in some way or another." 

Here's also the landscape version of the ad creative which works equally well and was spied further west along the Sunset Strip.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters

When SVA Executive Vice President Anthony Rhodes asked me to create a poster for the show which he curated: Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present, I was excited.

But when I started to think about the poster I was less excited and more concerned. I needed to design a poster for a show that include 60+ posters, by the 29 most famous American designers. How to create a poster celebrating other posters and not overwhelm them with your own design/ego? I started to think about three elements that needed to appear on the poster, and that are actually part of the the title: Underground/subway, posters, and School of Visual Arts. Because of his recent departure the poster of Tony Palladino (1930-2014) “It’s Not the Light at the End of The Tunnel, It’s the Light Within” came to my mind.

I decided, as an homage to Palladino, to also create a tunnel (subway tunnel), using only posters and the SVA logo. All three elements from the title are there. To avoid any politics, whose poster is bigger, whose poster is more important, I decided to arrange them from lightest to darkest, and that way create walls and the effect of light coming from the end of the tunnel.

I used those two images as a texture map to create a tunnel and then I added the SVA logo which already looked to me like a cartoon-like light.

All I needed to do afterwards was to darken up the top and the bottom of the poster to make the text more legible, considering it will be adjusted for various languages and venues. This is the first variation of the poster and it is going to be used for the SVA show in Marseille at Villa Mediterranee as a part of The Graphic Design Encounters festival.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

Recently I came across a quite hefty, 27.6 pound book, "The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design" published in 2012. I'm not so sure if this is actually a book because it's a box full of loose pages, precisely a thousand of them.

"The book features over 500 of the most iconic graphic designs from the beginnings of mechanical reproduction to the present day. Arranged in chronological order, the designs are accompanied by texts and illustrated with a range of imagery - including rarely seen historical, contextual and archival material - to shed light on their origin and development." 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that one of the 1000 pages was dedicated to my work from when I was the art director of the New York Times OP-ED pages in 1992-1993.

Judi Harvest "Renature" Brochure

For New York artist, Judi Harvest, and her project 'Renature' we created an engaging brochure with multiple gate folds, to show complexity of her work.

Judi paints, creates glass vessels and sculptures.
In collaboration with the Bees Without Borders organization and the New York City Beekeepers Association, as an art project she created a garden and beehives in Murano, Venice, Italy and on the roof of her building in New York City, where she produced honey. 

Final product of this project is not only honey, but also amazing looking garden.

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