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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The Original Pinterest

Like so many other insignificant consumer items, bobby pins were sold to the public with a modicum of contemporary style and illustrative panache.

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School Days, Rule Days

Steven Heller shares the strange beauty of a functional, commonplace ledger—this one created by Edward Smith and used in the late 1800s.

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Did You Know …

Did you know you can learn a lot from turn-of-the-century printing, type and paper advertising, like the Dutch Stove piece featured here?

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Olé, Olé, Olé

Here is a Modernista style of Spanish graphic design that I call matador style.

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When Rand Was Young

Many years ago, I asked designers to send me an example of their very early work that they were still proud to have done. Here is what Paul Rand sent.

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Sutnar 24/7

Steven Heller takes a trip to the Czech Republic and pays tribute to the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia.