Author(s): Milton Glaser
Dissent is an essential part of keeping democratic societies healthy, and our ability as citizens to voice our opinions is not only our privilege, it is our responsibility. Most importantly, it is a human right, one which must be fervently fought for, protected, and defended.Many of the issues and conflicts visited in the first edition of this book remain vividly present today. They are reminders of how democracy and social change are often incremental, requiring patience, diligence, hope, and the continuing brave voices of designers whose skilful imagery emboldens in the face of struggle.The 160-plus new works in this edition document the Arab Spring, the Obama presidency, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, the election of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin's continuing influence, the Women's March, the ongoing refugee crises, the environment, and much more. This powerful collection, totalling well over 550 images, stands not only as a testament to the power of imagery, but also as an urgent call to action.This edition includes the original Foreword by Tony Kushner as well as Steven Heller's interview of Milton Glaser entitled, "Dissenting Conditions."
Praise for the first edition: "In an age dominated by moving images, these freeze-frame visuals hold their own. They represent the activist strain of graphic design. Like contemporary advertising, it thrives on shock, wit and instant recognition. But as playwright Tony Kushner writes in the book's foreword, there must also be "some galling truth ... imprisoned beneath the surface of public discourse" that causes a designer to fire a signal flare." -Linda Hales, The Washington Post "The book's images will test the visual literacy and political awareness of many readers and will challenge preconceptions and assumptions." -Los Angeles Times Chosen by the Editors at Amazon.com as one of the top 50 Best Books of 2005
To many, Milton Glaser is the embodiment of American graphic design. He designed the famous I (heart) NY campaign. Glaser's artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is also a part of several permanent collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2009. He lives in New York City.Mirko Ilic was born in Bosnia. In Europe, he drew comics, illustrations, and designed posters, books, and record covers. When he arrived in the U.S., he became the art director of Time magazine international edition. In 1995, he established his firm Mirko Ilic Corp. His company designs for a wide range of clients, from pro bono organizations to high luxury hospitality clients. Tony Kushner was born in Mahattan in 1956. He is best known for his two-part epic, Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, HydrotaphiaHomebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change, the musical for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement, the 2012 National Medal of Arts, and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater Award, among many others.Steven Heller wears many hats (in addition to the New York Yankees): For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review.