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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Watch Where You’re Going

Explore two sensational newspapers, La Tribuna from Italy (1950s) and Radar from France (1960s) that take the voyeurism of pain to its logical extreme.

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What Underground Really Means

I like to say I worked for the “underground press” during the late 1960s. But despite the primitive working conditions and equipment, there was little in common with the men and women who risked their lives producing contraband underground papers during Nazi occupation of Europe.

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Making Bach The Hottest App

John Carlin, creator of the Red Hot and Blue series of music compilations, answers several questions about his free app, Red Hot + Bach.

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Fortunato’s Lively Arts

Fortunato Depero enlivened the universe with his comical figurative abstractions. Explore his work.

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Weekend Heller: This Means War!

“War and Propaganda 14/18”, a new exhibition, provides insight into the broad spectrum of mass manipulation in everything from posters to children’s toys carried out during the period in question.

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What Will They Think of Next?

Introducing the turducken of envelopes. The Du-Plex Two-In-One Envelopes was the best way to send Printed Matter (cheap) and a letter for around the same price.

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How The West Was Won

These Beadle’s Frontier novelettes were also known as “dime novels,” and were also fodder for racist exceptionalism, the kind of misconceptions that have long hindered racial and ethnic harmony in the big melting pot.

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A Maker Blot

Here, I explore advertising blotters, which were an excellent, functional way to promote a product or idea.