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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Chalk Talk

Take a look at this vintage chalk packaging, which is an example of what Steven Heller calls “typography parlant.”

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When The Sky Fell In New York

During World War II every American city and town needed to have a strong civil defense authority. Take a look inside a cautionary guide to civilian defense that mixes wit, humor, and comic drawings.

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Weekend Heller: Pictures Telling Stories

What design news should be on your radar? Richard McGuire’s work will be exhibited at The New York Public Library and Bronwyn Elvis Chochinov makes a comic. Read on for more.

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Embedded Artists

War time (“witness”) artists Michael D. Fay, Victor Juhasz, and Steve Mumford, who will be presenting at an event at the Society of Illustrators, discuss their work and the differences between art and photojournalism.

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Playing at Window Dressing

The age when window displays were simply a collection of symmetrically ordered points of purchase die-cuts and actual packages are long gone — or are they?

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The Swiss Underground In NYC

Hear from Pentagram’s Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth about their reissue the 1967 loose-leaf NYC Subway System Standards Manual created by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda.

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Bad Humor is Witless

When a master printing firm headquartered in New York launched their own art department, they went all-out to introduce Ernest C. Riedel as its leader, even creating a witty booklet. But not everyone found it funny. Take a look inside.

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Deconstruction 101

With digital FX we’re able to go inside the human body to find the most minute microbe. But these anatomy studies that deconstruct the human form are even more remarkable.

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Weekend Heller: The Elegantissima Show

Straight from its boffo Farmingdale premiere, the most elegant design exhibit, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Art Director’s Club next week.