These pieces represent contemporary artifacts that are well conceived, finely crafted, and filled with hidden treasures. Some are overtly complex. Others are so simple that it is hard to believe there is a storehouse of inspiration hidden underneath. The selections include all kinds of design work such as posters, packages, and more. Each exhibit is selected for its ubiquity, thematic importance, and aesthetic significance, and every page shows how great work is derived from various inspirational and physical sources.
Steven Heller is the art director of the NY Times Book Review and co-chair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts. He is the editor of the AIGA online journal, VOICE. He is a contributing editor to PRINT, EYE, Baseline, and ID. Mirko Ilic is proprietor of Mirko Ilic Corp., a New York based design firm. He is an illustrator and pioneer of digital imagery. His work has been honored in all the major exhibitions. He is co-author of Genius Moves and Handwritten. He is also co-author of The Design of Dissent.