Author Archives: Steven Heller

About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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Pre-War European Book Jackets

In the 1930s—an era before marketing committees—European book jacket designers were free to play and experiment.

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Sock-it-to-me!

Stumbling across this advertisement for Onyx Hosiery was a kick. Seeing how randy the sock selection was in 1909 would be entirely stylish today.

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The Push Pin Pantheon

The following sampling from a series of 63 portraits of Push Pin Studios' "Luminaries" is a project by Stephen Alcorn, son of Push Pin member John Alcorn.

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The Man Who Made Kabel

Rudolf Koch, the German calligrapher and type meister, designed about 30 typefaces, the best-known being the expressionist Neuland and modern Kabel.

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The Harper Lee Cover-Up

Steven Heller takes a look at the influences behind the cover of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman."

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A New Mark for America

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Jeffries Banknote Company of Los Angeles commissioned LA designers to contribute to its “Evolution” series of conceptual booklets. I don’t know how many issues were produced, but Number 1, conceived and designed by Advertising Designers, Inc., under the creative direction of Carl Seltzer, was produced in seven...

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Magazines for Soviet Tykes

The folks at Productive Arts have a knack for finding the most interesting Soviet-era journals. Here are two made for children.

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Chicago, Oh What a Poster Town

In the 1960s, John Massey coordinated a suite of posters celebrating Chicago. The designs, once lost to time, are back.

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John Hendrix’s Magical Magic

Steven Heller talks with John Hendrix, author of a startling new book about … well, you can tell from the title: "Drawing Is Magic."