With The Resurgence of Protest Culture, Two Design Behemoths On 'The Design of Dissent'

As 2019 drew to a close, protests spilled into cities from Hong Kong to Santiago, Paris to Tehran, and Khartoum to La Paz. People around the world flocked to the streets, often with handmade signs, addressing their objections to policy changes, power grabs and cutbacks.

The power of images to communicate disagreement is the subject of an exhibition now on view at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). 

“The Design of Dissent” is based on a book of the same title, co-authored by two of the most prominent names in the world of design.

Milton Glaser, left, and Mirko Ilić are two of the most prominent names in the world of design. A new exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta is based on their 2005 book, "The Design of Dissent."
Credit Photo of Milton Glaser by Michael Somoroff / Photo of Mirko Ilić by Robert Gojević

Even if you don't know Milton Glaser by name, you have probably seen his famous "I ♥ NY" logo, or that poster of Bob Dylan with a psychedelic pompadour. He's a legend in the field and the first graphic designer to win the National Medal of the Arts. 

And you've likely also seen the work of Mirko Ilić. He's designed logos, books covers, movie titles and more. He is the former art director for Time magazine publications and The New York Times Op-Ed pages. He also runs his own firm, Mirko Ilić Corp

The renowned designers joined On Second Thought to talk about the book and exhibition, and the impact of design in the arena of dissent.

"The Design of Dissent" will be on view at MODA until Feb. 8.


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