Weekend Heller: In My Beautiful Balloon

Thanks to the Pilgrims we have Thanksgiving balloons. Thanks to Thanksgiving we have yet another way to promote the capitalist system. Just sayin’. . . . . Here are some iconic balloons of days past.    


A Brief History of Automotive Marketing

by Jon Mowat The methods for marketing cars have changed dramatically over the past 120 years. It all began with very simple black and white adverts, produced soon after motor vehicles were invented. These days, we’re bombarded from all angles with slick videos, flashy print ads and more online content than we could ever possibly...


Winning the Postwar Marketshare

One of the "Rewards of Victory" against the Axis during World War II was a resounding bounce in advertising. Here is a selection of postwar adverts.


Springtime for Posters and Germany

Here are some printers' advertisements from the early years of World War I. The output was extraordinary, and all the major artists/designers were conscripted, like Louis Oppenheimer.


The Original Pop: Art or Exercise?

This bodybuilding booklet is a wonderful example of pulp typography, ham-fisted airbrushing and untutored layout. All together a beautiful cacophony.


Been There, Lubalin’s Done That!

Herb Lubalin did not invent the idea of using a type case as a framing device for typographic illustration, but he did do it long before most others.


A Present for Punk’s 40th Bday

Steven Heller previews a collection of punk posters from Andrew Krivine's archive, "Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die," the sina qua non of punk graphics.