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.

Setting Iran Aflame

Boxed matches did not set Iran ablaze when in January 1978 the revolution lit the way for the end of the Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) dynasty, but the artifacts collected in a book of matchbox labels provides a curious history of what led up to the turnover of government and way of life for...

W.A. Dwiggins Design Daddy

Heller shares an excerpt from his foreword to the new book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design by Bruce Kennett, which provides a history of the polymath who gave breadth to graphic design.

Selected Writing In Tongues

Siglio Press gets Heller's vote for publishing the best books combining avant garde art with graphic design and typography. Two thumbs up for Mirtha Dermisache's Selected Writings.

Constructing Art From Books

Having always gravitated toward literature and books, it was very tempting for Poul Lange to use this source for collage material, despite how the stigma of book burnings and the banning of literature runs deep in our consciousness.

When Type Was Dry

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook of Unit Editions, is the first comprehensive history of Letraset, the rubdown lettering system "that revolutionized typographic expression." Hellers talks with Shaughnessy about what was at the bottom and top of that revolution. 

Crossing MAD Avenue

In 1972, Dick De Bartolo and Bob Clarke produced MADvertising, a comic—asinine—approach to American advertising propaganda. They were not biting the hand that fed them because in the early days, unlike today, MAD did not accept advertising.

God On Whose Side?

English cartoonist/illustrator Arthur Wragg (1903–1976) produced books on Christian Socialist themes, primarily between the two World Wars. The pieces in his book Jesus Wept are attacks on politicians and warmongers who claim that God is on their side.