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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Look Up Yonder

Ivan Chermayeff and Kurt Vonnegut made beautiful music when they teamed up in 1980 to make a children's book about creation: "Sun Moon Star."

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Second City Packages

The 27 Chicago Designers organization was founded in 1936 to promote the work of its wide range of members.

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Whip Up Some Hard-Hitting Ads

This "Localized ACTION Advertising" booklet for the Morgan building materials company demonstrates the direct style of Depression-era advertising.

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Alt-Dystopian Flags

Heller rounds up a selection of fictional alternate history flag designs from different stories and miniseries.

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Vintage Goya

"The Disasters of War" by Francisco Goya is arguably as or even more powerful and poignant than any of the other timeless anti-war artworks—which is why their presence on wine bottles raises some questions.

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When Politics Was Art

Victor Navasky's satiric magazine Monocle, published from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, had its finger on the pulse of things to come.