Make Art to Drive Change: Mirko Ilic on Color, Type, and Icons

Mirko Ilic, Artist + Designer

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12 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Introduction

      2:40
    • What is Political Art

      4:33
    • How to Take This Class

      5:16
    • The Rules of Research

      4:34
    • How to Conduct Your Research

      7:25
    • Using Research in Your Work

      5:19
    • The Meaning of Color

      8:40
    • Designing with Language

      12:47
    • Evolving Iconography

      5:57
    • Putting it All Together

      5:53
    • Call to Action

      8:53
    • More Design Classes on Skillshare

      0:37
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About This Class

Revolutionize your approach to art and design in this monumental class from legendary designer and School of Visual Arts professor, Mirko Ilic.

Whether you're a designer, illustrator, or fine artist, this class will transform the way you think about art. Join Mirko as he dives deep into the fundamental role of the artist in the world, exploring how creatives should approach their work, the artist's responsibility to use their skills for good, and how you can drive social change through your art. Drawing from 50+ examples of political and socially conscious works of art, Mirko will teach you to:

  • Conduct the crucial research needed to make truly original art
  • Use design tools like color, text, and iconography¬†for greatest impact
  • Approach your work with greater weight and higher purpose

Plus, you're invited to participate in Mirko's worldwide project, joining designers like Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, and Jessica Hische to create a poster on the theme of tolerance.

From the historic studio he shares with iconic designer Milton Glaser in New York City (and where Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine!), Mirko delivers a powerful call to action to designers everywhere. After taking this class, you'll be invigorated to take action for causes you care about, use your skills for good, and approach every project you take on in an entirely new way.

Whether you're new to design or an experienced artist, your voice matters. All you have to do is use it.

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Please note, later lessons of this class engage with political iconography on a range of topics.

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This glass was wonderful. You have inspiration and motivationed me to make poster. I look forward to showing you what I have come up with! I have learned a lot from your class.
Wonderful lecture! Thank you for the inspiration!
Great class! Thank you!

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Mirko Ilic

Artist + Designer

Mirko Ilić was born in Bosnia.

In Europe, he drew comics, illustrations, and art-directed posters, books, and record covers. When he arrived in the U.S. he became the art director of Time Magazine International Edition. Later he became art director of the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times. In 1995 he established his firm Mirko Ilić Corp. His company designs for a wide range of clients, from pro bono organizations to the high luxury hospitality clients.

For his work he ...

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