About Steven Heller

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.
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Playing at Window Dressing

The age when window displays were simply a collection of symmetrically ordered points of purchase die-cuts and actual packages are long gone — or are they?

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The Swiss Underground In NYC

Hear from Pentagram’s Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth about their reissue the 1967 loose-leaf NYC Subway System Standards Manual created by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda.

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Bad Humor is Witless

When a master printing firm headquartered in New York launched their own art department, they went all-out to introduce Ernest C. Riedel as its leader, even creating a witty booklet. But not everyone found it funny. Take a look inside.

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Deconstruction 101

With digital FX we’re able to go inside the human body to find the most minute microbe. But these anatomy studies that deconstruct the human form are even more remarkable.

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Weekend Heller: The Elegantissima Show

Straight from its boffo Farmingdale premiere, the most elegant design exhibit, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Art Director’s Club next week.

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Visit The Country That Invented Everything

Intourist was the office through which all foreigners had to pass if traveled in the USSR, the country where everything was invented. Intourist was known for producing some stunning posters like the ones shown here.

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Pocket Book Publishing

US: The Paperback Magazine premiered in June 1969. It was edited by music critic and Village Voice contributor, Richard Goldstein. See why US deserves a place in design history.

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The Vend Diagram

Some of you may recall when the NYC subway (like the Paris subway today) had a fine array of vending machines offering gum, soda and snacks. Take a look back with these vintage photographs.

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Preparing For War, Russian Style

In the lead-up to the Great War, which wasn’t so great but it was mightily destructive, the Russian press was at once oblivious and concerned. These three newsprint magazines, present the panoply of engagement.

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A Stinkin’ Book

Gotta hand it to the photo editors at Angus & Robertson Publishers (London) and Philip Cammarata for their keen sense of smell. Read on.