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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Lucian Bernhard On Stage

On May 27, I ran a short piece about Lucian Bernhard’s cover (below) for the Radio City Music Hall program from 1936. Here is another program cover.

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Show Cards Reprised

“Please Come to the Show” is a catalog for an exhibition of invitation cards and flyers from two previous MoMA exhibitions. Steven Heller speaks with David Senior, editor of the book for more.

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The Interior Warhol

Everybody knows that Andy Warhol was a commercial illustrator. And a good one too, as these covers from 1953-54 for Interiors magazine reveal.

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In My Drawers

I have found long forgotten correspondence. The letters, cards and envelopes in this post are from my Times years.

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Weekend Heller: Sutnar Online

The soon-to-be reopened Cooper Hewitt Museum chronicles Ladislav Sutnar, the Czech / American graphic designer and information design innovator, on its brand new website. It features images from the Sutnar Archive and a video where I interview Radislav Sutnar, son …

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Write Good English

Penmanship is a thing of the past. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, penmanship and letter drawing was the society and business standard.

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Baby Pictures

Babies are an often used symbol for “new,” as in the New Year’s Baby. But they’re also objectified for many other visual needs, such as “victim.” Here are two babies from ads in the same 1938 magazine.

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Illustrators And Their Models

I recently wrote a story about the illustrator Howard Chandler Christy’s relationship with his model. Coincidentally, I stumbled across this piece from a 1938 issue of Focus, which is on the same subject.

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Stimulating The Economy

The 1930s magazine More Business was produced by the printing industry to stimulate merchants and manufacturers to use letterpress for all their promotion needs. And they used some excellent cover artists. Take a look at several covers.