The Daily Heller: Illustration for Isolation

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In response to the #CombatCovid initiative launched by PRINT and Poster House, Mirko Ilic’s MFA Illustration as Visual Essay students at School of Visual Arts (SVA NYC) immediately rallied. Some striking, elegant and witty work was produced. And since all of these grad students have been hunkered down, many of them alone or distanced from roommates and family, isolation—the need for and consequences of de-socializing —were the primary themes. The broad range of concept reveals how there are many lenses through which to view social distancing and represent the collective experience of the pandemic.

Here is an initial sampling from members of Ilic’s class.

Give it a rest

Noah MacMillan

Combat covid

Abanti Chowdhury

Stay sane

Carles Garcia ODowd

Stay home

Yichin Chen


Arif Qazi

Practice Social Distancing

John Rego

Alone Togeter

Carly Larsson

You're Not Alone

Sarah Myers


Flora Bai


Danlin Zhang

Stay home

Sanika Phawde


Simiao Wang

Social Distance keeps Virus distant

Hwarim Lee

We can do it! #CombatCovid

Nadia Xu

Follow Order. Kepp Safe

Nadia Xu

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →