Author Archives: Steven Heller

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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Ludwig Hohlwein’s Archetype

Mein Auto, published in 1927, is devoted to the German passion for auto racing. It is no coincidence that Hohlwein's imagery echoes the Nazi aesthetic.

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The Long-Lost Lois Esquire Cover

One of the few Esquire covers created by George Lois to ever be killed was this one inspired by a James Baldwin article in the November 1970 issue.

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My Hero!

Heroic illustration is the art of gesture. Here are some examples, from General George to Calvin Klein.

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On the Set With Woody

In 1993, Woody Allen turned the clock in New York back to the 1920s for "Bullets Over Broadway."

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Smokin’ Ladies

On the way to achieving first-class citizenship, women became first-class tobacco consumers. Steven Heller examines vintage cigarette ads.

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Colors’ Changing Hues

Steven Heller talks with Cosimo Bizzarri about the legendary COLORS magazine, co-founded by Tibor Kalman.

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Gideon And Hubcap, Homies

A few weeks ago, I was privileged to see a hilarious duo perform The Gideon and Hubcap Show in the living room of a stranger's apartment in the theater district of Manhattan.

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Pre-War European Book Jackets

In the 1930s—an era before marketing committees—European book jacket designers were free to play and experiment.