Autumn 2018

More than skin deep

Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design

By Mirko Ilić & Steven Heller
Designed by Mirko Ilić Corp.
Rizzoli New York, $50, £39.95

Many books about visual communication contain scant critique or objective evaluation. Most tend to be celebratory, manifesting as mass reproduced ‘galleries’ that do little more than laud an individual practitioner, period or genre. Upon first glance, I assumed this book fell into that category – an exhibition of ‘titillation’ and provocation without any contextual drivers explained or justified. However, I was wrong. While the authors state that the ‘book does not claim to offer sociological, anthropological or any other scientific analysis of why nudity is accepted or not’, it does analyse semiotic interpretations being applied to nudity, from the metaphorical to the blatantly obvious…

Design: Mirko Ilić Corp. Photography: Željko Koprolčec.
Top: Promotional images for Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg. Photos by Gert Weigelt. Design and art direction: Nicolas Markwald, Nina Neusitzer and Julia Pidun with choreographer Martin Schläpfer.

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Alan Male, Emeritus Professor of Illustration, Falmouth

Read the full version in Eye no. 97 vol. 25, 2018

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