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.

Illuminating Artists and Designers

Rafael Vasquez has been photographing designers and illustrators for the past few years. He corners his subjects at events and asks them for permission to enter their homes and studios. “For me, the joy of the creative process of portraiture is the sublime path of happiness in my life,” he writes. He plays with...

Happy Fourth?

Is this really a happy 4th of July? Depends on your beliefs in America and how (or if ) they are being threatened by executive orders and judicial nominees. I am nervous about the future of freedom as we’ve known it. Still, The United States is a country built on laws that have long...

Rodolphe Töpffer and The First Sequential Visual Narrative

On this July 4 (I know its only July 3 but it is the correct week) its only fitting that we celebrate the birth of our national treasure, the American comic strip, actually invented by the Lafayette of the sequential picture/narrative revolution, Paris-educated, Swiss-born Rodolphe Töpffer (1799–1846), a author, painter, cartoonist, and caricaturist, known...

Shoe Fetish

The Hamilton Brown Shoe Factory was the first large scale industrial operation in Columbia, Missouri. Heller looks at its semi-Art Nouveau decorated catalog.

Bayer Au Naturale

Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), a maestro of the graphic arts, was most closely identified with the  Bauhaus program in Weimar, Germany.