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.

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The Times Art Director, 1916-1934

Jeff Roth, researcher extraordinaire, found this obituary for Edward Nelson Dart, former "New York Times" art director and layout man.

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Friends Before Facebook

These children's books—published on the eve of American involvement in World War II—reveal the mindset of the times on the cultural, social and demographic make-up of the U.S.

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How Abstract Art Made Us Clean

Booklets issued by decency groups in the 1950s did their best to contain salacious content, and one of the graphic design methods was abstract illustration.

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This Could Be Us

In Nazi Germany, the Aryan certificate (Ariernachweis) was a document certifying that a person was a member of the Aryan race (or not).