Occupy Wall Street. Arab Spring. The War on Terror. These are just a few examples of current politically and socially charged issues that are leaving more and more people feeling increasingly powerless, underrepresented, and without a voice.
Designers, however, are in a unique position. They DO have a voice. Because their skills enable them to communicate a message easily and powerfully through the Web or printed pieces, they are perhaps the most influential bystanders. A picture is worth a thousand words and designers have used this adage to their advantage for years by creating messages through design that immediately convey the idea to the viewer.
In this very special DesignCast, two of the more successful, respected, and outspoken designers (and co-authors of the book The Design of Dissent) in the industry, Mirko Ilic and Milton Glaser, take a look at graphic work over the decades that designers have created as a result of social and political unrest. They also present their own work and discuss how the designer's role as activist and responsible citizen is more important now than ever.
As Glaser himself has said: "the general perception I have is that design can function in culture and has a social role that cannot be only about selling goods".
About Mirko Ilic
A renowned illustrator and designer, Mirko was the art director for Time magazine's international edition and the art director of the New York Times Op-Ed pages. He runs Mirko Ili Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio in New York. He has taught advanced design classes at Cooper Union, and teaches in the MFA illustration program at the School of Visual Arts. He is the coauthor of three books with Steven Heller; Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handlettering in the Digital Age and The Anatomy of Design, and coauthor of The Design of Dissent with Milton Glaser.
About Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated designers in the United States. He has a permanent standing collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the co-founder of the celebrated Pushpin Studios with Seymour Chwast, the author of numerous books, and the recipient of awards including the National Medal of Arts and the lifetime achievement award of the CooperHewittNationalDesignMuseum.
What Print Magazine's Executive Editor, Mason Currey, has to say:
So many designers these days want to use their work to effect social change, and you couldn't ask for two better guides to politically-driven graphics than Mirko Ilic and Milton Glaser.
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