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.

The Last of the Golden Age Art Directors

Art Paul, the founding art director of Playboy, recognized for his innovative design that transcended the limitation of a men's magazine into a journal rich with editorial and pictorial content, died on April 28, 2018. He was 93, and arguably, he was the last of magazine's golden age art directors.

Hungary’s Once Invisible Visible Punk

During the Punk movement of the 1980s, bands made posters called "antiplakas," a visual phenomenon that was a code for a youth culture aesthetic called Kádár. When it was gone it was "the last underground underground."

Weekend Heller: Book Covers Live and Live

"Be My Cover: An Exhibit of Contemporary Cover Design" features 100 of Penguin Random House’s most iconic book covers. The selection gathers book covers published worldwide within the past 10 years by more than 15 imprints from Penguin Random House. This work has been created, or art directed, by 33 designers straddling the Atlantic,...

Frost for the Ages

You may never have heard or seen the work of Arthur Burdett (A.B.) Frost (1851–1928), but he was one of the luminaries of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century illustration and cartoon.

The Straight and Narrow

Raymond Lufkin (1899–1978) was one of the highly skilled graphic artists employed by advertising agencies and book publishers in the mid-1930s to add luster to their illuminations.

Art Of Design Language

The fusion of influences in Ryan McGinness' paintings, prints, sculptures and installations establishes his unique language as a multi-faceted reflection of contemporary visual culture. Heller talks to him about the place his new work has in his overall blurring of the lines between art and design languages.

Rudy VanderLans’ Still Life

For more than a year, Rudy VanderLans has been sending limited-edition books of photographs to friends as a work in progress. Heller has been happy to be on the mailing list yet had been asked not to write about them until now. Today, VanderLans agreed to tell him more about these new, curiously...