Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Poster for HeForShe Stamps

This is a promotional poster for the HeForShe stamps from my last post.
The poster, in addition to announcing the release of the post stamps, shows all the possible combinations of stamps.

Monday, February 8, 2016

United Nations Post Stamps

I just designed and illustrated six post stamps for the UN's postal administration. The Art Director for these stamps is Sergio Baradat. The subject of the post stamps is "HeForShe". Read more about what that means here:
"UN WOMEN – HeForShe Gender inequality is one of the most persistent human rights violations of our time. Despite many years of promoting gender equality, inequalities among women/girls and men/boys continue to manifest in egregious ways around the world. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women). Its goal is to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights. The campaign encourages them to speak out and take action against inequalities faced by women and girls. Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that affects all of us - women and girls, men and boys. We all benefit socially, politically and economically from gender equality in our everyday lives. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits. Gender equality liberates not only women but also men, from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes The overall goal of the campaign is to spread awareness and spark action on the responsibility that men and boys have in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and violence against women and girls."
Here is an excerpt from UN Postal Administration bulletin Fascination #117 about the stamps and first day covers/envelopes:

Monday, January 11, 2016

AIAXAIA Branding

We just finished designing the logo, wordmark, and a small brochure (few pages shown below),
for the new luxury yacht AIAXAIA.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Junior Designer/Studio Assistant

Position available for a Junior Designer/Studio Assistant at Mirko Ilic Corp.

• 1-2 years experience in print design
• Very skillful and experienced in InDesign and Illustrator 
• Strong writing/communication skills 
• US Working papers

Please send link to your portfolio or website and resume to office@mirkoilic.com
Please no telephone calls. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Print magazine, June 1, 2008

"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 wild artistic life: women, alcohol, and drugs. Of those three vices, women were most acceptable to the public. For years, when you would say “artist,” the first picture that popped into people’s minds was somebody poor and hungry–but with a naked “model” in the studio.

That image suited artists, of course, and they maintained it, painting themselves with nudes over and over again–on canvases, but also in ads and on the covers of pulp fiction, magazines, and records.
Now the secret’s out: This is how they get generation after generation of young artists to join the profession. Promises of love and women (or, at this point, men) attract shy, insecure, and vulnerable young souls to take up the artist’s life. Kids, don’t fall into the same trap that I did. Save yourselves!"

A big selection is on Print‘s Flickr page.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

207 East 32nd Street

We just ran across this article from the New York Times Sunday real estate section about history of the building which houses our studio. Our windows are marked in picture below.

The building was originally built in 1901-1902 on the watch of the Tammany boss Richard Croker, to house the headquarters of the Tammany Central Association.

"Croker, who had become boss of Tammany Hall in 1886, for 16 years worked the job not as a public service, but as a money tree. Of the three dozen individual Tammany districts, Croker’s Tammany Central Association, the 20th, occupied an old house at 207 East 32nd Street. In July 1901, optimistic about the coming fall elections, the organization started work on a purpose-built clubhouse on the same site.

The architect, Robert T. Lyons, developed an exuberantly French facade of red brick and limestone, with a mansard roof; although showy for 32nd Street east of the Third Avenue El, it was worthy of any lot on Fifth Avenue. Lyons presumably gave it a few smoke-filled rooms, and it also had a top-floor gymnasium, card rooms and an assembly hall for political conventions."

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rock Against Racism

Browsing internet, I came across this Rock Against Racism button. Seeing this button flooded me with nostalgia and sadness. Nostalgia, because I remember when I was wearing that button in 1978/1979.
because not much has changed about our relationship with racism. It seems like it is even getting worse.

"Rock Against Racism was a campaign set up in the United Kingdom in 1976 as a response to an increase in racial conflict and the growth of white nationalist groups such as the National Front. The campaign involved pop, rock, punk and reggae musicians staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racism. The campaign was founded, in part, as a response to statements and activities by well-known rock musicians that were widely regarded as racist."

Photos of me by Milisav Vesovic.