We Are Here, Now!

designforum Steiermark | Andreas-Hofer-Platz 17, 8010 Graz
Friday, May 25 to Saturday, June 16 2018

In this exhibition, designers, producers, thinkers, doers question themselves and as world citizens — where do we want to be and how do we get there?

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© Miriam Raneburger

Exhibition opening: May 25, 2018 | 19.00
Registration for the opening: events.cis.at/here-now
Duration: to June 16, 2018
Opening hours: Tue to Sat | 13.00 – 19.00
designforum Steiermark | Andreas-Hofer-Platz 17, 8010 Graz

We Are Here Now!

We question our role as designers
We are eager to solve problems
We let go of the logical path
We embrace differences
We observe our surroundings
We offer new perspectives
We are Dutch
We try
We do
We make
We are here, now!

The exhibition ‘We Are Here, Now‘ showcases work by Dutch designers who represent a new generation of emerging designers; a generation that is motivated by the impact of their work on the world. The works presented in this exhibition are not the all-encompassing answers, but part of a larger and more sustainable way of thinking about the world that—if embraced by the whole of society—would help us move forward. So let’s start here and now!

In this exhibition, we question ourselves as designers, producers, thinkers, doers and as world citizens—where do we want to be and how do we get there?

As designers we are eager to solve problems. We are aware of what surrounds us and strive to push the boundaries that will bring us closer to a world of our own making. To achieve this goal we must sometimes let go of the logical path in order to clear the way for new perspectives. The solutions we create are informed by the observation of our surroundings, the people we work with, and an understanding of the resources we design for. We are Dutch designers and look at the world from a down-to-earth perspective. We respect, but also rethink and reimagine what is already here. We embrace the differences that bring us together, offering beauty in the uncommon and unexpected.
To build our world we search, we try, we do, we make.
We are here, now. Join us!

An exhibition in cooperation with:

Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Curators: Studio Lotte Douwes, Dries van Wagenberg
Exhibition design: Hofmeijer Dekker Ontwerpers
Designers: Arvid&Marie, Sheltersuit, Chloe Rutzerveld, Collectie Veenhuizen, Studio UNITT and Thomas Trum, Gewildgroei, Martijn van Strien, Mirjam de Bruijn, Overtreders W & Bureau SLA, Studio Simone Post, Somnox, Super Local, Tom van Soest


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Series of Tolerance

Steiermärkische Sparkasse | Landhausgasse, 8010 Graz
Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 25 2018

Exhibition opening: May 7, 2018 | 18.00 May 8 – 25, 2018 Opening hours: Mon to Fri | 8.00 – 18.00 Steiermaerkische Sparkasse | Foyer | Am Sparkassenplatz 4, 8010 Graz The exhibition “Series of Tolerance” shows the results of a project implemented by Ortweinschule Graz. The project was organized by Robert Eisenberger of the…


Exhibition opening: May 7, 2018 | 18.00
May 8 – 25, 2018
Opening hours: Mon to Fri | 8.00 – 18.00
Steiermaerkische Sparkasse | Foyer | Am Sparkassenplatz 4, 8010 Graz

The exhibition “Series of Tolerance” shows the results of a project implemented by Ortweinschule Graz.

The project was organized by Robert Eisenberger of the Graz-based interior design studio INSIDE, and teachers of Ortweinschule. The interior design studio sponsored 13 copies of the design classic “Chair model 3107” by Fritz Hansen for the 3rd year of the division interior design, space and object design.

The chair served as a basic body but apart from that there were no limits in terms of design, shape and surface. The given topic is freely and associatively related to this year’s focus of Designmonat, tolerance. The resulting pieces are characterized by inventiveness and originality and show the students’ sensitive approach to the topic.

After the exhibition, the chairs will be presented at INSIDE Einrichtungen and can be purchased. The net proceeds will be donated to a charity project.

The idea originated in the course of the 60th anniversary of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, whose most famous piece, besides “Egg ™”, “Drop ™” and “Swan™” , is the chair “Series 7”.

As part of this, INSIDE Einrichtungen displays a limited edition of the classics, which this year are presented in a unique design to honor Arne Jacobsen: a combination of natural, undyed leather with all its grains and folds reflecting natural life, and classy gilded chair frames – perfect pieces for collectors and lovers of Danish design!



Smart Urban Relaxing

Joanneumsviertel | Kalchberggasse, 8010 Graz
Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, June 3 2018

The results of a design competition organised by Creative Industries Styria and Holzcluster Steiermark invite visitors to Graz to sit and relax in May.

Johannes Scherr, Peter Rosenkranz, Wolfgang Rosenkranz, Reinhold Tinchon, Silverius Griessner, Bernhard Viereck, Reinhard Probst, Armin Ibounigg, Johannes Messner, Andrea Vattovani, Johann Lampl, Maida Coric and Alfred Bramberger (from left to right) © Philipp Podesser

May 5 to June 3, 2018
Around Joanneumsviertel

Lounge furniture for the city

How should objects look like to literally “occupy” urban space? What do seating objects need to guarantee maximum coziness with a high quality of stay? In the form of a mutual competition, Creative Industries Styria and Steirischer Holzcluster invited designers and architects to submit their ideas for the “urban lounge furniture” of the future. The basic requirement was that they needed to use the material wood. The five best designs were selected and implemented by Styrian carpentries.

As part of Designmonat Graz, five prototypes that were implemented both by designers and carpenters, are installed as temporary seating objects in different locations of Graz, inviting locals and tourists to extensively try out and enjoy the seating furniture.

“Gewuerfelt (Diced)”: The modular concept by architect Alfred Bramberger, implemented by carpenter Johann Lampl, is based on the shape of a cube.

“Kettenreaktion (Chain Reaction)” by Reinhold Tinchon and Silverius Griessner: The individual kinked objects can be interlinked to form random shapes.

Wave of relaxation: The object “Urbansailor” by Johannes Scherr and Wolfgang Rosenkranz imitates the shape of a boat.

Simple elegance: The prototype by the Graz-based architect Andrea Vattovani takes on bindes at icons of furniture design.

„Wolkenteppich (Cloud carpet)“ for the city: a coproduction of the architects Marleen and Bernhard Viereck with furniture manufacturer Johannes Messner.



“nest in space” from designer Philipp Raunigg.


Customized Fences by H+S Zauntechnik

Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, June 3 2018

In cooperation with Creative Industries Styria, the Styrian company Zaunbauer H + S Zauntechnik invited local designers and architects to an ideas competition on innovative and interesting fence design.

© Prototype by Thomas Feichtner Studio

from May 5, 2018
Joanneumsviertel | former main entrance Neutorgasse, 8010 Graz

In cooperation with Creative Industries Styria, the Styrian company Zaunbauer H + S Zauntechnik invited local designers and architects to an ideas competition on innovative and interesting fence design. The extraordinary results of this “Design to Business” project will be presented in the course of Designmonat Graz.

It is a fact that fences work. Above everything there is the limiting and protecting function of fences, which is also more important than aesthetics. Form follows function – thus, ensembles of lattices, meshes and slats dominate our environment. Fences are sort of the last white spot on the creative map. Nowadays, the architecture of fencing is rather plain and unspectacular.

In cooperation with Creative Industries Styria, the fence construction specialist based in Raaba-Grambach invited local designers and architects to develop new approaches in terms of designing fences. The fence builder’s motives for the design offensive are clear: Due to the positioning within the field of design, the company wants to differentiate in the market and thus have competitive advantages and enjoy increasing popularity.

Exceptional looks and yet a visual protection function – a combination that for example manifests itself in the designs of the Graz-based architect Ernst Giselbrecht. The starting point of his considerations was the concept of a stone wall, as we know it from Mediterranean countries.

The design of the product designer Thomas Feichtner definitely shows dynamic power. Two different metal patterns, offset to each other, are attached to a frame.

The design of the Graz-based design duo Zweithaler is spectacular, too. With their approach, Benjamin and Markus Pernthaler provide a holistic and also future-orientated concept that is based on a modular and individually configurable system.

Based on the different designs, the company wants to develop a program for designing fences, including sales activities and a website.

Prototype by zweithaler

Prototype by Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner



World Wide Things Collection

Joanneumsviertel | Kalchberggasse, 8010 Graz
Saturday, May 5 to Thursday, May 31 2018

Design from the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is going on a world tour, not only transporting beautiful objects: it also includes ideas and the individual “spirit” of the respective cities.


May 5 to 31, 2018
Opening hours:
Mon to Sun: 10.00 – 17.00
Wed: 10.00 – 20.00
Auditorium at Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

The Loop is on Fire!

The network of the UNESCO Cities of Design has been growing fast: by now 31 cities on all five continents have been awarded the prestigious designation. In order to accelerate the exchange between the cities, two of the most active Cities of Design – Graz and Montréal – have mutually developed a format that can be used to display products and does reflect the individuality of each city. Now, in the course of Designmonat Graz, there is the official launch of the project entitled World Wide Things. The first of these worldwide “things” from Graz and Montréal will be shown at the Auditorium of Joanneusmviertel in an extraordinary way: like a “Hot Wheels Highway” – or a Maerklin train rack – the products compete in a race on a course especially developed for WWT. And just like when playing with toy highway and train facilities, it is possible to design different courses and every highway looks different – just like every city, in which the World Wide Things will be subsequently shown, decides to design it.

WWT-Sujet_DM2018_1000x440Not only the “layout” of the courses change, but also the objects themselves are different. Still, they all have something in common: they must show an authentic and unique design language and need to be created or produced in one of the Cities of Design. Hence, classic “souvenirs”, that we all are familiar with, can stay at home – they are banned from travelling abroad! Anything that wants to go on a journey around the world must prove its independence and character, just like all of the about 40 World Wide Things that were selected strictly according to these criteria.

Still, the concept goes a step further: in a later project phase, all products will also be shown on the homepage of the Design Cities (www.designcities.net), of course with links to manufacturers and suppliers, and in the third stage of the design Hyperloop there will be a marketplace for designers, producers and retailers – in fact, in real life! A place to network, to interchange and above all to buy! After all, it is also the task of the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities to create economic added value and promote sales of the products.

Pictures from the exhibition


Wuhan meets Graz

Joanneumsviertel | Kalchberggasse, 8010 Graz
Friday, May 4 to Thursday, May 31 2018

May 5 to 31, 2018 Mon – Sun | 10.00 – 17.00 Wed: 10.00 – 20.00 Auditorium of Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz Since autumn 2017, Wuhan has been the fourth Chinese city to be part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. But unlike Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, Wuhan is far less known in our countries. The…


May 5 to 31, 2018
Mon – Sun | 10.00 – 17.00
Wed: 10.00 – 20.00
Auditorium of Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

Since autumn 2017, Wuhan has been the fourth Chinese city to be part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. But unlike Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, Wuhan is far less known in our countries. The 10-million metropolis not only has more inhabitants than the whole of Austria, but is also a leader in engineering design and urban planning: for example, half of all long-span bridges worldwide were designed by designers from Wuhan. In general, Wuhan’s architecture is captivating and the cityscape is characterized by modern skyscrapers. An exhibition at Joanneumsviertel will provide an insight into Wuhan’s latest work in various design areas.

Pictures of the exhibition



Shaping Human Cities

GrazMuseum | Sackstraße 18, 8010 Graz
Friday, May 4 to Sunday, June 24 2018

The exhibition Shaping Human Cities was designed by students of the Master‘s programme Exhibition Design at the University of Applied Sciences, FH JOANNEUM and from 5 May to 24 June 2018 urban experiments are presented, which took place within the framework of the Human Cities Project in these cities.

© Cara Mielzarek

Exhibition opening
May 4, 2018 | 17.00
Duration: until June 24, 2018
Opening hours: Wed to Mon | 10.00 – 17.00
GrazMuseum | Sackstraße 18, 8010 Graz

Urban experiments from eleven European cities con- ceptualized and realized by designers, initiatives, activists, students and residents are open for discus- sion. In an interactive exhibition the possibilities
and challenges of ge ing involved are to be discovered.

Why do we feel comfortable or uncomfortable in a city? What makes it livable?
Do we have the freedom to shape our city?
What makes a city our city?

Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale is a European research project with partners from eleven European cities (Belgrade, Bilbao, Brussels, Cieszyn, Graz, Helsinki, Ljubljana, London, Milan, Saint-Étienne, Tallinn). The Human Citizens face these questions collaboratively and meet to develop ideas and solutions
for a be er quality of life in urban areas.

The exhibition SHAPING HUMAN CITIES was designed by students of the Master‘s programme Exhibition Design at the University of Applied Sciences,
FH JOANNEUM. From May 5 to June 24, 2018 urban experiments are presented, which took place within the framework of the Human Cities Project in these cities. Interactive stations where the experiments can be experienced in a playful way are installed in the GrazMuseum.

One of them is LET’S TAKE ACTION! It gives tips on how to become active in your own urban environment and thereby improve the urban space.

WANNA PLAY? Consists of eleven miniature golf courses that invite you to play. Each lane is assigned to one Human City and one of their experiments. The courses incorporate the spatial and creative circumstances of the experiments and pose a challenge for the players.

WANNA TASTE? Invites up to 20 guests on four sundays to taste the Human Cities projects in eleven courses.
May 6 | May 27 | June 10 | June 24 | 11.30 – 14.00
The event is free of charge, but a binding registration in advance is required: wannataste@gmx.at

WANNA TRAVEL? conquers the city center of Graz with eleven intriguing installations.

In addition, an app with an interactive, digital catalogue is available for download. Here, photos, videos, comments, etc. can be uploaded and commented upon.




Schloß Hollenegg für Design | Hollenegg 34, 8530 Holleneggg
Friday, May 4 to Monday, May 7 2018 | 11.00 - 17.00

The exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg for Design question cultural heritage and intellectual herritage, that is left behind and we leave behind.

©Leonhard Hilzensauer

and by appointment (for groups) until May 27 2018
For members of Schloss Hollenegg for Design, kids and students admission is free.
Entrance fee: 5 Euro
For the opening on May 5 a membership is required.

Schloss Hollenegg for Design presents:
LEGACY – A design exhibition exploring past and future heritage.

This third edition of Schloss Hollenegg for Design will question cultural inheritance and intellectual heritage and, if what we are leaving behind, is a valuable and positive legacy for the generations to come. With new commissioned works by designers in residence:
Birgit Severin, Breaded Escalope, Buro Belen, Chmara Rosinke, Commonplace, Elsa Boch, Erez Nevi Pana, Fernando Laposse, Guglielmo Poletti, James Shaw, Katie Stout, Laurids Gallée, Max Frommeld, Odd Matter, Orikami, Pallard Heymans, Roberto Sironi, Sigve Knutson and Studio Nienke Hoogvliet.

Schloss Hollenegg for Design
Less than an hour from Graz, in the Styrian countryside, a fairytale castle is being turned into a design laboratory. Schloß Hollenegg for Design is a non profit cultural project founded in 2015 by Alice Stori Liechtenstein. Aim of the project is to support both established and emerging designers as well as design culture. Schloß Hollenegg for Design offers the first and only residency program in Austria specifically aimed at designers, as well as organising exhibitions, workshops and symposia cantered around design.

The first mention of Hollenegg dates back to 1163, and the long history of the Schloss Hollenegg is visible in its architecture, as successive owners added to the original medieval construction over the centuries. Of particular beauty is the Renaissance courtyard, modelled on the Landhaus in Graz and probably designed by the same architect, Domenico dell’Aglio, in the 16th century. In the second courtyard the Baroque church is still used to this day by the local community.


Pictures of the exhibition



Joanneumsviertel | Kalchberggasse, 8010 Graz
Friday, May 4 to Sunday, June 3 2018 | 19.30 - 17.00

SELECTED 2018 – OUT OF THE FRAME presents contemporary international interior and product design at Neue Galerie Graz. The design exhibition is implemented into the present show showing a variety of portraits of more than two centuries.


Exhibition opening: May 4, 2018 | 19.30
Duration: May 5 to June 3, 2018

Opening hours:

Tue to Sun | 10.00 – 17.00
Wed | 10.00 – 20.00 (May 23: 10.00 – 17.00)
May 9, 16 and 30: Tour with the curator at 18.00

Neue Galerie Graz | Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz
Entry: 9.5 Euro
Free entry for CIS-full and premium members (with member-card)


SELECTED 2018 – OUT OF THE FRAME presents contemporary international interior and product design at Neue Galerie Graz. The design exhibition is implemented into the present show showing a variety of portraits of more than two centuries.

„It is a great pleasure to design an exhibition within an exhibition and thus create a temporary symbiosis“, states curator Alexa Holzer. „Out of the Frame“ is a short term resident at Neue Galerie Graz. Staging a new selection of present furniture and product design during the design festival Designmonat Graz the show opens up a dialogue between art and design. 80 pieces of interior and product design will face portraits of 200 years in this special set-up.

SELECTED 2018 assembles yet again designers from seventeen nations worldwide showing independent works and such commissioned for renowned design labels. Apart from unusual creations manufactured of wood and ceramics the visitor encounters objects made of glas fibre and organic materials. Introducing amorphous forms, decomposing geometric structures and raw and simple shapes, the show focuses on current innovative pieces of the design industry.

Alexa Holzer on the creative concept of SELECTED: „Design showcases change and the evolution of societies. Design is usability translated into form, shaping the stylistics of its time. An object turns unique through the mindful combination of material, colour, form and function.“

Hence the chosen works are no more than two years old. They have already been introduced to the market, being internationally awarded product studies, prototypes and innovative concepts.
SELECTED 2018 is the largest exhibition of contemporary interior and product design in Austria supported by Creative Industries Styria and commissioned for the design festival Designmonat in Graz, Austria.



EUROPAN 14 – Productive Cities

Haus der Architektur | Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz
Wednesday, May 2 to Friday, June 1 2018

The exhibition at Haus der Architektur shows projects that have emerged as part of the largest competition for innovative urbanism and architecture for young architects and urban planners.

Europan WIEN Winner Vicente Iborra Pallarés, Iván-Capdevila-Castellanos, PLAYSTUDIO-(ES), 3-L’s for Liesing

Opening of the exhibition: May 2, 2018 | 19.00 h
Duration: until June 1, 2018
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday | 10.00 – 18.00
Haus der Architektur Graz | Mariahilferstrasse 2, 8020 Graz

The importance of manufacturing work for the current discourse of urban development and architecture is the focus of the 14th issue of EUROPAN, Europe’s largest competition for innovative urbanism and architecture for young architects and urban planners.
After decades of pushing the industry away from the future vision of our cities, “The Productive City” demands its return as an elementary program of a sustainably mixed urban culture. The scope of this integration ranges from new forms of “intersection” of living and working to mixed industrial districts, whose urban added value results from an innovative culture of synergies between infrastructures, energy cycles, open spaces and applications.

Keynote speeches by EUROPAN 14 jury member Dieter Laepple (cultural and urban researcher, Hamburg) and Claudia Nutz (Management Consultant, former Board of Seestadt Aspern + Liegenschaftsentwicklung ÖBB, Vienna), major city architect from Brussels, give an introduction into the discourse of the productive city. In the course of a podium discussion – “Quartett zur produktive Stadt (“Quartet on the productive city”) – the two experts as well as Bernhard Inninger (Head of the city planning office in Graz) and host Aglaée Degros (head of the Institute of Urban Design, Graz University of Technology) discuss about the current trend of production in the city.

The exhibition EUROPAN 14 – Productive Cities displays all pre-selected and awarded projects of the three Austrian locations Linz, Vienna and Graz. With the area along the Kaerntnerstraße, a suburban transit zone that leads to the city center, the city of Graz has brought in an area of great urban significance.

Supported by: Bundeskanzleramt Oesterreich, Das Land Steiermark

E14 location partners: ÖBB Immobilien, Stadt Linz, Stadt Graz, Stadt Wien-MA21, Standpunkt
Liesing, Wirtschaftskammer Wien, Erste Group Immorent



Austrian National Design Prize 2017

Tuesday, April 10 to Wednesday, May 16 2018

The exhibition showcases the winning projects of the Austrian National Design Prize at designforum Steiermark.


Exhibition opening: April 10, 2018 | 19.00
Duration: April 11 to May 16, 2018
Opening hours: Tue to Sat | 13.00 – 19.00
Andreas-Hofer-Platz 17, 8010 Graz

Best of Austrian Design

The ultimate accolade in Austrian design is awarded every other year by the Federal Ministry of Digitalisation and Business Location in the form of the National Design Prize. This year, 266 entries in the categories of Product Design/Consumer Goods, Product Design/Capital Goods, Architectural Design, and DesignConcepts stood up to the critical eye of the jury. As many as 28 entries made it to the shortlist, out of which three projects received a National Design Prize. One project was awarded the special prize “DesignConcepts”.

Winning projects
In the category product design/consumer goods, Mikme GmbH was honored for the “Mikme Microphone” – a wireless studio microphone with integrated audio recorder and app connection.

In the product design/investment goods category, Industrial Design Attersee convinced the jury with the mobile crushing and screening plant “dsb innocrush Rock Crusher” for dsb Maschinenbau GmbH.

Super – Büro für Gestaltung and Innauer Matt Architekten ZT GmbH were awarded in the category Spatial Design for the design of the circular route and memorial “Georunde Rindberg” of the municipality of Sibratsgfäll.

The Prizes in the special category DesignConcepts – for products and concepts not yet realised – went to Rebecca Daum, for the fixture “eve” with integrated water consumption indicator, to MO: YA VISUALS for “In Touch with the Illusion”, and to Jakob Glasner for “Fingerschinder”, a full-body training device for climbers.

The Austrian National Design Prize is announced every two years by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and carried out by designaustria.


Tolerance Posters

The travelling exhibition is constantly adding works from designers so it has a large variety of cultures and genders.


April 27 to May 23, 2018
Albrechtgasse, 8010 Graz

How tolerant does design need to be? And what can design contribute to tolerance? The “Tolerance Posters” are original contributions by international designers and do provide extraordinary answers to these questions. The touring exhibition has already been hosted in the USA, as well as in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Spain and the Netherlands. It was always displayed in public spaces, hence, locations where tolerance is experienced, discussed and questioned. At each station, the number of exhibits is expanded by a local piece: Herms Fritz, artist and graphic designer from Graz, expands the international show for Austria.

“Tolerance” is essential for human’s to embrace. It is the only antidote for the competitive drive that characterizes our species. At this moment in history, there’s a slightly reluctant quality to the word. What we really want it to mean is acceptance and generosity.”
Milton Glaser

In Designmonat Graz the posters of the following designers will be showcased:

Milton Glaser (USA)
David Tartakover (Israel)
Yuko Shimizu (Japan)
Paula Scher (USA)
Manuel Estrada (Spain)
Istvan Orosz (Hungary)
Peter Bankov (Russia)
Jianping He (China)
Fons Hickmann (Germany)
Michel Bouvet (France)
Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico)
Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon)
Anette Lenz (France)
Saki Mafundikwa (Simbabwe)
Reza Abedini (Iran)
Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey)
Niklaus Troxler (Switzerland)
Katarzyna Zapart (Poland)
Anur Hadžiomerspahić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hoon-Dong Chung (South Korea)
Seymour Chwast (USA)
Rodrigoz Sanchez (Spain)
Dan Reisinger (Israel)
Drew Hodges (USA)
Ovidiu Hrin (Romania)
Marian Bantjes (Canada)
Uwe Loesch (Germany)
Garth Walker (South Africa)
Jessica Hische (USA)
Tom Geismar (USA)
Kit Hinrichs (USA)
Fares Cachoux (Syria)
Alain Le Quernec (France)
Armando Milani (Italy)
Edel Rodriguez (Cuba/USA)
Nancy Stahl (USA)
Shino Suetusa (Japan)
Herms Fritz (Austria)

The exhibition is curated by Mirko Ilić.
In 1977, Ilić started publishing his works in the established comics magazines outside Yugoslavia, such as Alter Alter, Métal Hurlant, Heavy Metal and Marvel’s Epic Illustrated. In 1980, Novi kvadrat ceased to exist and Ilić entirely stopped working on the comics, and focused upon illustration and graphic design. In 1982, he started working for the Italian magazine Panorama.

He stopped working for the magazines in 1985, and in March 1986 he left Yugoslavia and went to New York. Yet, he soon started publishing his illustrations in Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other prominent and influential newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he became an art director of Time International, and the in following year he became art director of the op-eds in the New York Times.

In 1995 he founded Mirko Ilić Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio. In 1998, he created the title sequence for the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail together with Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard.

In 1999, Mirko Ilić Corp. began designing visual identities for luxury hotels and restaurants. Some of his hotel clients include The Time Hotel in New York City, The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX, Casa Moderna Hotel in Miami, FL, and Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland. Some restaurant clients include Le Cirque and La Fonda Del Sol in New York City, Summit and “Play” at the The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Charlie Palmer in Dallas, TX, and “The Seafood Bar”, “Echo”, “Flagler Stakehouse”, and “HMF” at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach Florida.

In 2015, 38 pieces of his artwork were included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). MoMA acquired artwork including posters, LP designs from his Yugoslavian period. In September 2015, four of his pieces were exhibited for the first time in MoMA’s exhibition Making Music Modern.

Since 1999, Ilić has been a professor at the School of Visual Arts for their MFA in Illustration programme.