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.


Lucian Bernhard’s Other Style

Check out these lithos that may be among Lucian Bernhard's earliest professional work, before he learned the sublime art of reduction.


Baby, You Can Drive My Car

This fine specimen, "A Run For Your Money: How to get the most out of your automobile—in 250 pictures and easy-to-read text" is a tour de force of comic eloquence.


Springtime for Posters and Germany

Here are some printers' advertisements from the early years of World War I. The output was extraordinary, and all the major artists/designers were conscripted, like Louis Oppenheimer.


The Original Pop: Art or Exercise?

This bodybuilding booklet is a wonderful example of pulp typography, ham-fisted airbrushing and untutored layout. All together a beautiful cacophony.


American Graphic Design in NYC

Steven Heller reflects on Mildred Friedman's 1989 "Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History"—the first major graphic design exhibition in the US.


Lynd Ward: The Power of Wordlessness

The Grolier Club in New York City will present an overview of the remarkable achievements of one of America’s foremost book illustrators, Lynd Ward.