FH JOANNEUM Lecture by Mirko Ilić

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Mai 7, 2018 | 16.00 Uhr
Kunsthaus Graz | Space 04 | Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

In cooperation with Kunsthaus Graz

Socially and Politically Driven Design
Dissent is an essential part of keeping democratic societies healthy, and our ability as citizens to voice our opinion is not only our privilege but our responsibility. Without this dialogue, the backbone of what we have fought so desperately for could easily crumble. A picture is worth a thousand words and designers have used this adage to their advantage by creating simple yet powerful designs that immediately convey poignant messages to their viewers.
For censorship and self-censorship, PR, but also for styling, make-up, plastic surgery and fashion you need artists and designers, that understand the power of an image. There are firstly humans / citizens and then designers. Hopefully, one day when they stop being artists / designers they are still going to be humans and not sell their soul in the process.

Mirko Ilić
Mirko Ilić was born in Bosnia. In Europe, he drew comics, illustrations, and art-directed posters, books, and record covers. In the US, he was the art director of Time Magazine International Edition and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. In 1995 he founded his graphic design studio Mirko Ilić Corp, specializing in editorial, identities, and hospitality design. His work is in collections of many institutions and museums, such as The Smithsonian Institution, MoMA, and SFMOMA.
Mirko Ilić is the co-author of several books with Steve Heller, including Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handwritten, The Anatomy of Design, Stop Think Go Do, Lettering Large, Presenting Shakespeare, and Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design. With Milton Glaser he co-wrote The Design of Dissent. He teaches MFA Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Design and Protest
This year’s lecture series of the FH JOANNEUM Institute for Design and Communication will bring speakers from Tel Aviv, Detroit, New York and Porto to Graz to present and discuss various aspects of these trends by using concrete examples.

For more than a hundred years, creative professionals have been visualizing ideas, promoting commitment in social and political issues, and thus participating in shaping the world. Even today, many designers are no longer satisfied with just serving well-heeled clients in their search for aesthetic differentiation, but increasingly question their role as designers in the context of the increasing gap between rich and poor. They engage in social movements, support grassroots initiatives and try to make a simple and calm contribution to improving the world and for a solidary society.



More FH JOANNEUM lectures:

May 7, 2018
Kunsthaus Graz | Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

17.00 | Galit Avinoam

May 8, 2018
Joanneumsviertel | Kalchberggasse, 8010 Graz

15.00 | Klaus Kempenaars
16.00 | Paul Draus
17.00 | Álvaro García Rego