Steven Heller has habitually tried to put art and design into neat categories. Yet, as he gets older (maybe wiser), he realizes that Milton Glaser is right. The bucket-concept is not realistic. Art is about growth not limitation. And style is just a surface manifestation of many options available to us all.
The Tolerance Poster Exhibit curated by Mirko Ilic has been seen a whopping 29 times in 18 countries, with three more on the way. See some of the posters here.
Chris Riley's new book, a collection of essays, attempts to examine how leaders in social, business and political worlds can best communicate after the Mass-Age. Here, Heller asks Riley to give us a little insight into his ideas.
Postcards and postcard folders were (and are still in some ways) the most wonderful souvenirs to send and behold. Have a look at sets and tabletop standees from the Curt Teich & Company producer of some of the most commonly used in mid-century America.
Steven Heller talks with Brad Holland about his distinctive brand of handlettering.
Steven Heller has always had a soft spot in his heart for Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar's vibrating typeface that was used for the Electric Circus poster.
Design is everywhere, and it is not always award-winning, typographically nuanced, sophisticated work. Most of us grew up with the kind of type that Schloss Mfg. Co. of Athens, Ohio, created for "Promoting School Spirit."
The second edition of Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility, edited by Veronique Vienne and Steven Heller, seems more appropriate than ever.
In 1948, designer, typographer and illustrator Thomas Maitland Cleland gave a talk on the nature of "'Progress' in the Graphic Arts." Here, Heller reproduces the printed version as an example of design criticism before the age of design criticism.
"The Art of Rolling Stone," an all-day event in New York, brings together the people who created a design legacy. Heller spoke to its organizer about the historical significance of this half-century old anti-institution institution.