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.
This 1893 sign catalog by Dequenne & Cie. for their “Plaques Indicatives,” including the famous Paris street signs and all manner of enamel door numbers and office signs, holds up pretty well in the 21st century.
I was the co-publisher and art director of Mobster Times. The magazine started as a vendetta against the former art directors of Screw, Brill and Waldstein, who left in a huff and founded and published Monster Times, a sci-fi tabloid, and grew into its own entity.
The Century Advertising Service located on Madison Ave in New York City was one of many similar studios that prepared pre-designed adverts for business, in this case the food industry. Take a closer look at their work.