Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design

A beautifully designed flexibound edition that comes in a slipcase, this is a first of it’s kind celebration featuring more than 600 examples of the human body as represented in graphic design, this innovative book will appeal to art directors, graphic designers, and design fans.

This groundbreaking volume investigates and illuminates a new generation of artists and the ways that they relate to one of art history’s most storied traditions: nude figure drawing and painting. This informative (and occasionally very cheeky) book demonstrates the ways in which new mediums and new technologies are pushing graphic designers to previously untold heights of artistic representation, thereby cementing the graphic designer’s place alongside more traditional mediums (drawing, painting) in art history and criticism.

From PETA’s infamous “I’d Rather Go Nude” ad campaign, to John Lennon and Yoko Ono posing nude on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, Head to Toe features myriad examples of the nude figure and how it is altered and manipulated in the service of both art and commerce.

About The Author

Mirko Ilic teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has previously served as art director for both the op-ed section of the New York Times and the international edition of Time Magazine. He has worked with almost every major publication, including Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated. He has received numerous awards and his work is featured in the permanent collections of both the Smithsonian and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 
Steven Heller is the author and editor of over 130 books on graphic design, satiric art, and popular culture. Heller is the cofounder and cochair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is also cofounder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design, MFA Social Documentary Film, and MPS Branding programs. He has devoted much of his career to fostering design education venues, opportunities, and environments.

  • Publish Date: April 17, 2018
  • Format: Trade Paperback Original
  • Category: Design - Graphic Arts - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 6-3/4 x 10-1/2
  • Pages: 312
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6165-1


"Who can forget John and Yoko on the cover of Rolling Stones or Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair?The human body as used by graphic artists in stunning art and commercial works using the latest technology is explored comprehensively in this book."
Indulge Magazine

Author Bookshelf: Mirko Ilic, Steven Heller