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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All Chwast, All the Time

The definitive archive of Seymour Chwast — legendary illustrator and co-founder of Push Pin Studios — is now online.

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Bradbury Thompson’s Genius

Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995) was the maestro when it came to the magazine as symphony. Steven Heller opens up two issues of his Westvaco Inspirations.

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Hazardous to Your Wealth

In 1975, the tobacco company of Yerevan, Armenia, ran a contest asking for a redesign of its cigarette packaging. Discover who won—and what happened next.

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What’s Missing Here?

Heller cracks open a reading primer from the 30s and finds some pretty images—accompanied by segregation and a Stepford obedience to the dominant order.

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MacGuffin, The Magazine

Steven Heller explores MacGuffin magazine, a publication with a fascinating backstory—and a fascinating mission.