Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Head to Toe Featured on Typeroom

Mine and Steven Heller's book, Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design featured on Typeroom. We spoke about the book, our favorite examples of nudity throughout graphic design history, and the cultural status of the human figure today. Thanks to Loukas Karnis for putting this together.

Read the full piece here.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Zagrem Film poster c. 1957

My newest acquisition is a movie poster c. 1957 featuring eight short animated movies by "Zagreb Film". Among others, the poster features an animation by Dusan Vukotic, who a few years later won an Oscar for his animated movie "Ersatz". This unusual poster is designed by someone who signed his name in the upper right corner as "BR".

Monday, July 2, 2018

Boris Bucan Poster c. 1967

I also acquired one of the earlier, if not one of the first, Boris Bucan posters from 1967. The poster is for the film "Protest" directed by Fadil Hadzic.

"Slogans" Poster by Oddly Head

As you noticed, lately, I'm acquiring posters.
This poster, "Slogans", designed by Oddly Head, I purchased to remind myself and my designer friends about the real purpose of activism.

Did I mention that the poster is numbered and signed?

Friday, June 29, 2018

Mihajlo Arsovski Movie Posters c. 1966

I also acquired these seven Western film posters from c. 1966. These are designed by Macedonia-born Croatian artist Mihajlo Arsovski (b. 1937). For Western movie posters, from 1966, this is an extremely unusual look. They look more like Punk-Rock concert posters from the late 1970s. Furthermore, printing in silkscreen is quite an unexpected technique for movie posters.

Read more about Arsovski's work here.

Aleksandar Srnec Movie Posters c. 1966

I just received these two quite unusual avant-garde—especially for a western movie—film posters from c. 1966. The posters are designed by Croatian artist Aleksandar Srnec (1924 – 2010).

The posters are printed in silkscreen—quite unusual for movie posters. They are also folded in quarters because that's how they were distributed to theaters at the time.

Read Aleksandar Srnec's bio here.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Blockchain Illustrations for The New York Times

My illustrations in today's Dealbook section of The New York Times.
Art direction by Corinne Myller.
More illustrations here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Our R? Poster in Front of Yugoslav Drama Theatre

We just received a few images of our poster for the play "Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler displayed in front of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. This is the fifth and final poster of the season.

You can view the rest of the posters here

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"Kiss" High-Res for Free

Every year, during Pride, I'm touched by the fact that I consistently see my 2004 illustration "Kiss" on signs, t-shirts, posters, etc. But, sometimes, I see it reproduced in low-resolution—and that hurts my feelings!

This year, I would like to offer the original high-res of the artwork, free for all non-commercial reuse.

Happy Pride!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posters from Home

I just got myself these two movie posters from the former Yugoslavia. Both posters are created by some of the most celebrated Croatian artists.

The first one, created in 1966, is by Andrija Maurović, the father of Yugoslav/Croatian comics. It's for the movie, Konjuh planinom (Konjuh mountain). The movie tells the story of the fight between the Yugoslav partisans against German Nazis. Properly, the poster is in a traditional Socialist Realist style, with a little touch of the dark side of Maurović. The movie was directed by Fadil Hadžić, who in the past I have worked with on quite a few projects.

The second poster, for film Tajna Nikole Tesle (The Secret Life of Nikolai Tesla) from 1980, was designed by Boris Bućan, one of the most legendary graphic designers from that part of the world. Surprisingly, the movie features (among others) Orson Welles as J.P. Morgan.

Because I had the chance to be friends with both of those artists in my old country, it's a pleasure to have their posters now here in New York.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Poster

Poster created for the Yugoslav Drama Theater's production of Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?, a play based on Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler's film of the same name. The play depicts the life of middle class draftsman Herr Raab, who, in an unpredictable violent spell, murders his neighbor, wife, and son, before killing himself. This is the fifth and final poster of the season.
View the rest of the posters here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Small" Success

Sometimes, "big" achievements leave you feeling unfulfilled. On the other hand, sometimes "small" successes—especially when unexpected—can make you feel warm and fuzzy. This is one of those cases.

In their exhibition, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18, the Design Museum in London included this striking poster by David Tartakover that he created for my Tolerance Traveling Poster Show. This was flattering to me and my project. A month ago, the museum sent along this photograph of the poster in the show. But I didn't know what was written on the wall text under the poster.

Yesterday, unprompted, I received a photo from my Facebook friend Nina Lazic of the caption. When I read the caption, I had one of these "small" success feelings.

The exhibition is open until August 12, 2018.

Boris Bucan Magazine Clip

Croatian poster design legend Boris Bucan sent me this clipping from Croatian magazine.
I don't know which magazine it is, but that is very sweet from him and the writer who mentioned me in the context of Bucan.

More about Bucan and his posters here.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Ten Graphic Design Books to Help You Create Images as Impactful as Mirko Ilic’s Art

Skillshare's blog just posted a reading list based on the recommendations in my course, Make Art to Drive Change (which you can view here: http://skl.sh/mirko).
This is just a small sample of books directly related to the lectures.

But of course, I didn't recommend the book about me—I'm not that obnoxious (yet)!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Last Issue of Print Magazine

I just received the new and last issue of Print Magazine. Unfortunately, I am not in it. But thanks to the artwork of Debbie Millman, I'm on it! And in good company. My question is: if Print is dead, and this is the last issue, is my name on a tombstone?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hemisphere Design Works

We designed the logo for Hemisphere Design Works. HDW is a maker of kayaks and its brands represent a dominant market share in the outdoor lifestyle industry. It's a company of passionate, like-minded makers with the collective purpose of evolving the kayak industry, while encouraging everyone to discover the freedom of the outdoors and empower the desire within themselves to make human-powered moments. You can read more about HDW in this recent article from Adventure Kayak Magazine.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Make Art to Drive Change: Mirko Ilic on Color, Type, and Icons

Last week, my course "Make Art to Drive Change: Mirko Ilic on Color, Type, and Icons" launched on Skillshare. Since then, I've enjoyed hearing your feedback and seeing your projects.

Today, many visual creatives are wondering how to use their skills to raise awareness of injustice. I hope that my course will give you some insight. Below is a video that previews the course. You can view the course at skl.sh/mirko and if you find it helpful, don't forget to share and leave a review.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Head to Toe: The Nude featured in Graphic Design in Vogue Italia

Below is a short piece on mine and Steven Heller's new book, Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design published in the May 2018 issue of Vogue Italia. The book, which catalogues the manifold uses of the human figure in visual culture, is published by Rizzoli and is available now on Amazon.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Zlatko Bourek (1929-2018)

With great sadness, today I heard the news that Croatian artist Zlatko Bourek has passed away. Zlatko was a true renaissance man. He was a painter, sculptor, costume designer, scenographer, and illustrator. He directed theatre plays, feature films, and also directed and animated movies. Lots of people don't know that at the age of 14, he joined partisans and from 1943–1945 he fought with them against the Nazis. He was one of the most generous, soft-spoken people I have ever met.

I met him for the first time when I was seventeen years old and I had a summer job working as an animator at Zagreb Film. Later, in 1980, I designed a poster for his version of puppet Tom Stoppard version of Hamlet. Zlatko not only directed the play, but also created the puppets and did all the sceneography.

In 2013, he told me the he had a present for me: that he painted a likeness of me in his painting Adam i Eva. And he told me, "don't worry—you are not naked!" This comment was meant to reassure me, since I knew very well about his provocative sense of humor that very often appears in his work.

I'm really going to miss him.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jules Radulovic - Trap for Dragona

Recently, on my visit to Zagreb, Croatia, I was flabbergasted when Croatian comics legend Jules Radulovic (b. 1928) approached me, gave me a page from his comic "Trap for Dragona".
I was further humbled when he took out a pen and signed and dedicated the page to me.
Read more about Jules here.

"Head to Toe" with Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller

Window of Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, New York

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Brand New Conference 2018

I'm happy to announce that I will be speaking at the 2018 Brand New Conference hosted by UnderConsideration alongside other amazing speakers.

The title of my lecture is "How Neo-Nazis and white supremacists ruined my favorite shirt" and I hope I'm going to see you there.

The conference will be on September 13 and September 14 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Interview in Magyar Narancs (Hungarian Orange)

Because I don't read Hungarian, I think this is my best interview ever! 
The interview appears in Magyar Narancs (Hungarian Orange). The title of the newspaper is a reference to The Witness (1969), one of the most satirical depictions of Soviet Communism in Eastern European film.

Friday, April 27, 2018

"Talking Heads" Flash Gordon

These strange "talking heads" from the Flash Gordon Sunday Comic Strip by Dan Barry 
and Bob Fujitani dated 8-15-76. 
They landed in my hand straight from the personal collection of Bob Fujitani.


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