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.

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Exploitation American Style

Pinups are not solely an American phenom, but they are typically American. They began in the 1890s as a window on the female form.

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Inhumanity Depicted

In the ongoing war against war, photo books, such as "Nazi Hel" and "Bombardeos Aereos En España," have proven effective evidence in indicting perpetrators and aggressors.

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Sketchy Rand

Paul Rand was an inveterate sketcher, often during lulls in the day but also when he was searching for a design solution.

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Ethnographic Branding

Years ago I found these vintage labels for cosmetics targeted at African American men and women by Valmor Products of Chicago.

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Vanity Fair, 1861

The first incarnation of "Vanity Fair" reflects on a key battle of the American Civil War.