Tuesday, December 28, 2021

"APD Talks blog" on WeChat

I am pleased to share with you that I am one of the three designers interviewed by the APD Talks blog. APD (Asia-Pacific Design) Talks is a graphic design blog on Weixin (Wechat). This particular post is about posters, and it's featuring, among others, my poster designs and the Tolerance Poster Show.

You can read the interview and see more images here.


Friday, December 24, 2021

News from Sina, China

I am very happy to share with you that today, Sina, one of the largest and
most influential websites in China, published an article about me under the title "World-Class Artist Mirko Ilic Signs With Modern Sky | Tolerance Poster Show Will Be Arriving in Shanghai in 2022".

If you read Chinese, you can read more about it here.



Thursday, December 23, 2021

Blast From the Past

In April of 2020, I printed and arranged for posting my Corona awareness posters throughout New York. I did that to raise awareness among my fellow citizens.

In the following months, I designed the translated versions of the poster, and they were posted in 8 different countries around the world. You can see more about that here.

Today on my way to my studio, to my total surprise, I saw some of those posters on the scaffolding in the construction site on 21st Street. I don't know how, but they survived for more than a year and a half, moving from one construction site to another.


Monday, December 20, 2021


"I met Ilić in 2013. I had just finished a rousing discussion with Milton Glaser about art and he said, "You know, you should really meet Mirko. He's right upstairs." I'd never heard of Mirko, but when Glaser picks up the phone and tells someone you're coming, you don't say no."

From the Illustration Arts blog by David Apatoff. 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

A Poster for All Seasons

In the fall of 2019, I started to design posters for JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theater. Currently, this is the fifth season in designing posters for them. When I started in the fall of 2019, I made the decision to make my life more complicated than needed. I decided to design each season in different styles/with different looks. The only thing that will stay the same is the typeface TyponineSans Pro designed by Nikola Djurek. I chose this typeface not only because of its beauty and legibility, but also it is one of the few typefaces that have both Latin and Cyrillic versions. 

The fifth season is not over yet, but here below you can see all the posters I have designed so far. Unfortunately, as you can see, the third season was interrupted by Covid-19, and that's why 2 posters are missing. 

You can see more about my JDP poster designs here.

Monday, December 6, 2021

The book "My Place Under the Sun" in the kindergarten

Today, December 6th, foundation Zaklada Vincero bought and donated 240 books to kindergarten Potok in Rijeka, Croatia. The book was created to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization Moje mjesto pod suncem (My Place Under the Sun).

I came up with the idea of creating a children board book that's based on the idea of a horizontal split of a logo. When one flips through the pages, one is not only exploring different combinations of faces, but also a variety of combinations of words written on the top and bottom pages. For the textual part of the book, I acquired help from famous Croatian writers Slavenka Drakulic and Rujana Jeger. They wrote the text in a way that in every possible page combination, the words always form a sentence that empowers and educates the kids. Altogether, 12 top and 12 bottom pages offer 144 different possible visual and textual combinations. 

All three of us, together with Bodoni publishing company from Zagreb donated all the profit from the book to Moje mjesto pod suncem.

Here below are a few photographs and videos of kids receiving the books. 

You can read more about this project here.


Friday, December 3, 2021

"Palos: Counterspy" comic by Nestor Redondo

My recent acquisition, Palos: Counterspy by Nestor Redondo, published in Redondo Komiks in the ’70s.

Nestor P. Redondo (1928 – 1995) was probably the most famous Filipino comics artist. He is best known for his work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other American publishers in the 1970s and early 1980s. In his native Philippines, he is known for co-creating the superheroine Darna
You can find out more about Redondo here.