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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Show Us Your Stinkin’ Matches

I’ve written about matchbox labels in this space before (see here and here) because it’s incredible that there are so many, so varied and so small. The latter is key. How do you fit so much into such a tiny space?

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Do You Swear to Tell the Truth

You could imagine my surprise when on a sunny April day in 1969, I was served with a subpoena to appear before a State of New York grand jury. Actually it wasn’t me exactly, it was one of the three pseudonyms I used on the masthead of The New York Review of Sex (and Politics) also known by its partnership name, the New York Seed Company.

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Give My Regards to Broadway

Broadway is the Art Deco typeface. Not just a pastiche of the era, but the actual face designed in 1928 by Morris Fuller Benton.

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Lella Vignelli’s Masterpieces

“This book is dedicated to Lella Vignelli, an inspiration to all women designers who forcefully stand on the power of their merits,” says Massimo Vignelli in the dedication to Designed by: Lella Vignelli about his partner in life and work. Read more about this work.

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Before Cigarette Warning Labels

Before cigarette warning labels, tobacco products were sold loose, in plugs or in bags sealed with a product name or brand mark printed on a tiny tin tag or clasp. Explore several examples and their history.

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Visit Crimea’s Resorts

There has clearly been a great deal of conversation surrounding Crimea. Learn more about this city’s role in Intourist, the former Soviet tourism arm.