About Mirko Ilic

Mirko Ilic is a New York-based graphic designer and illustrator. He co-authored The Design of Dissent, with Milton Glaser, and The Anatomy of Design and Icons of Graphic Design, with Steven Heller. He teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

Dude Looks Like A Lady

Recently in Holland there appeared a series of ads designed by Doom&Dickson for a HEMA’s push-up bra, using this tagline: A push-up bra that gives you 2 cup sizes extra. Modeled by Andrej Pejic. A man. So imagine what it …

How to Cover a Revolution

Every publication makes a decisive choice about the tone it wants to set when it comes to covering a revolution. One obvious approach over the years is to use edgy, gritty, journalistic photography on the cover to capture the seriousness …

Mad Man: The Long Strange Tale of Kim Jong-Il's Advertising Career

On Saturday, December 17th 2011, traveling on his train, Kim Jong-il, president of North Korea and star of the advertising world died. Here are some highlights of his advertising career.   If you liked this Check out more of Mirko’s slideshows: These Boots …

These Boots Are Made for Walking, Walking Over You

Since WWI, the image of the Jackboot has been used repeatedly as a symbol of totalitarianism and military aggression, often embellished with a symbol—just so you know who is oppressing whom. Why the sole of the boot (funny choice of …

From ? to !, Part 2

After posting “From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History,” quite a few of you have sent me more samples which I did not include in my collection. Thank you, especially to Chisholm Larsson Gallery for their continued support …

Boy "O" Boy

Merchandise such as toys, cups, t-shirts, towels, bed coverings, bags, lunch boxes, pencils and notebooks are financially very important for movies. Therefore the branding of a movie is very important to studios. But not all movies have cute animated characters …

Ceci N’est Pas Une Roquette

The first legend about flying females was that of witches—women who made pacts with the devil. They turned brooms, a symbol of servitude and submission, into one of power and flight. To fly, all they needed to do was put …

“Branding” The Movie

Many people assume that branding is a young profession which started in the modern age. But it seems the history of the profession actually began with the discovery of fire. Here are some of the historic facts about branding according …

The Spirit of the Stone Type

Before the appearance of the movie poster “Ben Hur” (1959) most three-dimensionally drawn movie titles on posters had simple colors and a bit of shading, influenced by art-deco posters. Even the mastheads of comics like “Superman” (1939) followed that tradition. (Seventy-two years …

Stone Type

When MGM was preparing to release the religious epic “Ben Hur” in 1959, they hired Reynold Brown to create an equally epic poster. What could be more monumental than type carved in stone, particularly a stone the size of a …