Mirko Ilic

The Mirko Ilic The West Doesn't Know

A new book, Mirko Ilić: Eye to Hand by Dejan Kršić (MikserBooks, Belgrade) reveals art director, designer, illustrator, author and Print contributor, Mirko Ilić as he’s not been seen in the West (or New York) before. The wealth of material he created and produced found in this 300 page plus retrospective volume spans his...

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 the long handle of a broom between their legs. The next flying possibility for...

“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 to Wikipedia: “The act of marking livestock with fire-heated marks to identify ownership has...

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 later, the current “Superman” masthead is almost identical to the original one.) But everything...

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 mountain? The type “Ben Hur” is a bigger star on the poster than Charlton...

Beatles Butcher Cover

In May of 1966 The Beatles did something “horrendous.” No, it wasn’t comparing themselves with Jesus Christ (though that was equally as tempestuous). They created an album cover that turned their American label, Capitol Records, into a censor. The album was Yesterday and Today. It wasn’t a concept album, but rather a compilation so...

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!

The Ultra Right is Ultra Wrong

From Belgrade, Serbia, Mirko Ilic (below, bottom) corresponds from a violent anti-gay demonstration fronted by Nationalists and skin heads took place last week. He was there, in anticipation of the threatened violence, to show support for the gay groups involved, for whom he has also created graphics. From the Sydney Star: Police protected participants...

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...