Author Archives: Steven Heller

About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

Be Careful What You Satirize

As the world is caught between right- and left-wing leaders, political satire is on the rise. But be careful about what you satirize, says Heller. 1984 may actually happen some day.

KKK Mart

The full color catalog below shows some of the Klan's income-producing merch as though it were a Sears mail order catalog. The Klan still sells its wares, but the price is higher, the profits are smaller and the hate is hotter.

Weekend Heller: Rome is Hot for Type

Join Louise Fili, Steven Heller and Lita Talarico for the SVA Masters Workshop Design Rome, a typography and design workshop. This is its tenth year in the Eternal City where type new and old, classic and modern reign supreme.

Digitizing Wood

Heller talks with Bill Moran, who with his brother Jim—the director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum—is a major force behind this amazing repository of past and present type, typography and printing.

Dummying the Medium is the Massage

Heller talks with Scott Boms, design lead and and studio manager of the Analog Research Lab at Facebook in Menlo Park, who is the caretaker of some Marshall McLuhan artifacts and the next generation of McLuhan thinking.

Masters Of Images

The Foundation Les Maîtres de l’Imaginaire (Masters of the Imaginary) has recently been created in Lausanne, Switzerland, founded by Etienne Delessert in 2017. Its mission is to develop a long-term collection of original artworks from renowned illustrators of children’s books in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

What The Best Dressed Workers Were Wearing

When the George Master Garment Corp issued their catalogs for monogrammed work uniforms "for every industry" and hometown bowling teams too, it was akin in the blue collar world to the latest runway extravaganza for the high fashion universe.

Innuendo Is Not a Four Letter Word

During the period of the film industry's Production Code (The Hays Office), Hollywood imposed its own rules governing the depiction and non-depiction of sex in the movies. So clever filmmakers resorted to metaphor, symbolism and innuendo to get the idea of intimacy—sex—across.

sports uniforms

Uniformly Awful Uniforms

That so many people like to wear the jerseys and hats of their favorite teams has little to do with aesthetics, and as Todd Random points out in his book, Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn (Skyhorse Press), sports uniforms were always a bit odd.