Author Archives: August Heffner

About August Heffner

August Heffner is a graphic designer, art director, educator and illustrator. He was born in an antique store in St. Louis, MO and moved to New York City to work for his design heroes Matteo Bologna and Stephen Doyle. For awhile he worked for a really, really big branding firm. He is now a design manager at The Museum of Modern Art, the art director of Diner Journal as well as an illustrator and educator.

Guggenheim Offers Free Books!

The Guggenheim Museum has digitized a ton of its out-of-print publications and is offering them free. This is a treasure of art literature as well as great book cover design. Congrats Guggenheim!   Resources Recommended by Imprint Available now: Print Magazine’s Guest Art Director Digital Collection Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic give a live DesignCast on The Design of...

Fugazi Archive

Maybe not familiar to all ages and interest groups, but the band FUGAZI was hugely influential to me as I grew up in the 1980s and 90s. FUGAZI is a band from Washington DC. Their lead singer, Ian MacKaye was the frontman for the hardcore band Minor Threat, and his philosophy towards life, politics...

Occupy! Design! Communication!

Yesterday was amazing. Protests took place all over the country to mark the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protest. This also coincided with this week’s violent ouster of Occupy demonstrators around the country as city officials tried to systemically quiet their citizens. It was perfect fuel for the Occupy movement. After...

Having Trouble (Typographically) With the 90s?

I hear you. My teenage years ended abruptly at the turn of the century. This means I was born the year MTV went on the air and my entire teenage years were spent in the 1990s. It’s no wonder that upon leaving college as an official graphic designer, I was at odds with the...

Karel Martens & WTF Is Wrong With the U.S.?

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see Karel Martens speak at a lecture hosted by the  New York chapter of the AIGA. It was the most inspired I’ve ever felt after seeing a graphic designer speak. If you don’t know him, Martens is the godfather of graphic design in the Netherlands...

Hand Lettering on the Internet

This summer I went on a relaxing vacation (a new experience for me) and decided to sit on the porch all day and draw letters. Perhaps the years and years I’ve spent in complete awe and jealousy of Steve Powers final built up and I thought, this time, I’m going to do it. I’m...

Bloomberg View: Op-Ed illustration for All

I’ve been complaining for awhile that when searching for thoughtful, relevant typographic-illustration work I’ve constantly returned to The New York Times opinion editorial page and not gotten much further. Typographically speaking, unless you want a bicycle that spells your name, or some other such decoration, thought-provoking type-illustration is hard to come by… and then I’m proved...

Why I Work With My Hands, Still

When I left a design studio that I was a part of for over three years to go to a branding agency, my boss/mentor gave me a bone folder. “They won’t have any of these where you’re going!” he said. He was right. My first assignment was for an apparel brand and in trying...

Embroidery Typography

Sometimes the best typography books are not typography books. Embroidery type design from the book, A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers by Elsie Svennas. Download a PDF at Public Collectors, go to the park and draw letters all weekend. I expect to see your work on my desk first thing Monday. Thanks to Kelly...

Food! Design! Freedom!

Here in Brooklyn, we’ve seemed to hit an apex of food enthusiasm. Its seems like every weekend this summer a new food-related event happens and every weekend my wallet is emptied by $20 lobster rolls or an even more expensive indulgence. Happily though, the food movement of today is part of a nice history...