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.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another proof that Tolerance is needed

The windows of the Human Rights House in Belgrade (Serbia), where the Tolerance exhibition is currently on display, were defaced by stickers of the nationalist right-wing party "Zavetnici." The stickers contain warning signs "Foreign Agents" and signs with a threat that this NGO institution will be closed on March 4th, after they win the elections in Serbia.

"Head to Toe" Uncovered

Steve Heller's and my new book Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design, published by Rizzoli, will be released on April 17th 2018.

"This 312-page book investigates and illuminates a new generation of artists and the ways that they relate to one of art history’s most storied traditions: nude figure drawing and painting. It demonstrates the ways in which new mediums and new technologies are pushing graphic designers to previously untold heights of artistic representation, thereby cementing the graphic designer’s place alongside more traditional mediums in art history and criticism."

The book was designed by my studio. Cover and slipcase photography by Zeljko Koprolcec. Typography used in the book is Fedra Sans by Nikola Djurek (Typonine).

You can see more spreads from the book here:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tribal Rip-off

In 2008, I got a call from Joseph Perez, at that time the art director of Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin USA. He was working on a new book, Tribes by Seth Godin, for which he needed a cover illustration. He remembered my The New York Times illustration from August 2006 for the article Into Africa, and suggested that I try to do something similar for this book. When the book got published it became an instant bestseller, and the book cover got reprinted in many countries and in many languages.

Now, 10 years later, to my total surprise I discovered that Penguin Press released a new book, not only with a similar title Political Tribes, but also with almost an identical cover illustration. I know many people did a similar kind of illustration, but it's more then coincidence. Is this fair? To piggyback ride on success of Seth Godin's Tribes book, in title and book design? I don't know what kind of deal they have with Seth Godin, but in case of the image, seems to me if they wanted to imitate my illustration it would be fair and logical to call me.

I imitate myself better then anybody else.