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.

MoMA Design Studio

Its likely I’m risking my editorial street cred (if I ever had any?) here, and this post may be seen as a HUGE self-promotion, but I think there’s a bigger issue here. Last month, the in-house design team (of which I am a part) at The Museum of Modern Art in New York launched a...

Math Book Chic

This weekend I packed five grocery bags of books to sell/donate. It’s always a bit sad to let go of books, but life needs a bit of order now and then. I have a strange relationship with physical books, especially at the moment of purchase and the moment of separation. For me books are...

Ready, Set, Games!

With the recent announcement that the NEA will provide new guidelines for “media art” which includes video games and mobile art (and the kind of hilarious and very obvious reaction from the conservative right) everyone’s been pretty excited about new definitions of art, art-funding and well, games. Related and equally exciting is the opening...

Google Books/New York Magazine

I’ve got magazines on the brain still. I’ve finally started leafing through the New York Magazine collection on Google Books. It is awesome. Start with the first issue, it’s pure Milton Glaser genius. Tons of great illustrations and reminder of how simple print can be. If you want a reminder of how complicated (but...

"Art as…" "Design as…"

The other day, I attempted to search the internet for John Dewey’s amazing Art As Experience. Google attempted to finish my query. It displayed a list of what “Art as…” could possibly mean. I was struck by art’s potential. I then typed in “Design as…”. Google, has thus given me a lot to think...

#twitterart

Happy Friday. Twitter art is out of control. The ASCII art of a new generation. Keep it up everyone!

Select Your Wifi Network

For the last few months, I’ve been recording the names of accessible wifi networks that have been brought to my attention by my cellphone’s constant insistance on searching for available wifi. Sadly, most are locked. Happily, most have amazing and adorable names. Living in Brooklyn, New York and working across the river in Manhattan,...

What is Typographic Illustration?

While hardly as provocative a question as last week, my colleague and I have been batting this around ever since we created what we thought was a simple assignment for our Typography students. It reads: Replace all photos on the front page of the newspaper with typographic illustrations. The point of this assignment is...

Who Are We Fighting For?

The Art Directors Club (a professional organization for designers, typographers and art directors in the advertising and design business) hosts an annual “Young Guns” competition for working professionals under 30. It’s a great organization and this intense competition has highlighted work from some of the most talented members of the design and advertising community....

48 Great Jet Magazine Covers

The third in a series of Google Books posts, this week I bring you Jet magazine. I’m pretty magazine-obsessed these days, with the re-design of both the New York Times Magazine and Newsweek at practically the same time!