Author Archives: Mirko Ilic

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.

Holiday Spirits

It’s kind of strange when you think about it, to have a miniature half-naked lady in your drink. But then again, it’s still better than a fly. Happy Holidays. Bottoms Up!

What Would Henry VIII Do?

This is how I think it happened. A designer got a book cover assignment for another book about the wife of Henry VIII. The story is well known, as is the historic painting of the queen which the designer received to use on the cover. What to do? The designer desperately tried to immerse...

The Story of “O”

—   Once upon a time, the film industry people asked the design people to create their movie poster but to make it like a logo–you know, for posters, merchandise, and branding. “Just give me the letter O,” the design people answered. “It worked for us on book covers, CD’s, TV, and theatre posters,...

Gallery – Books on Books, Books on Posters

In the beginning, Hollywood and its movies had a shady reputation. Hence their movie posters often showed an image of the book on which a movie script was based. They imagined the picture of a book would imply a certain cultural quality in the film and would in turn raise its prestige and profits....

Evolution: Beauty and the Beast

    One of the most powerful images in the history of art is that of a mother holding her child. Beginning very early in the Christian era, that theme was reinforced throughout Western civilization via images of the Madonna and Child. Almost concurrently, one of Western culture’s most disturbing images was also created:...

Heroes Carrying Beauties

    Another popular example of the pose is Heroes carrying Beauties.    Go back to the original “Beauty and the Beast” article or see even rarer examples of the pose.

George W. Bush, advertising star

For international advertisers, George Bush has been a sure sell. Tagline: The world needs a tape like this. It’s a basic fact of advertising: Mainstream ads do not go against the grain. To reach the largest possible amount of consumers, advertisers need to create messages that are instantly recognizable and pleasing to the majority....

More Beasts, Heroes, and Beauties

And now, three rarer poses: heroes carrying heroes, beauties carrying heroes, and beauties carrying beauties. It appears that the only version of this pose that hasn’t happened is Beauty Carrying Beast.   Go back to the original “Beauty and the Beast” article, or the “Beauty and the Hero” slideshow. Or see images using another...

Why I Became an Artist

I once read somewhere that only one in a thousand artists becomes rich and famous. In the past, the less fortunate 999 lived and worked in the proverbial attics. (Before elevators and waterproofing, “penthouse” wasn’t such a chic address.) The only thing left to be glamorized in the profession was the idea of the...