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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Drinking in Bottle Design

Steven Heller opens a late 19th- to early 20th-century French bottle and label producer's chromolithographic catalog of samples.

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On a Mission

Here is an address Walter Dorwin Teague gave in 1936: "Industrial Art and Its Future."

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Designing With Heart

“The heart is a very, very resilient little muscle. It really is,” said Woody Allen’s character in Hannah and Her Sisters. Heart: Anatomy, Function and Diseases (Dell, 1962) was part of a unique series of “Visual” books illustrated by leading designers. This one, illustrated by George Giusti, is comprised of his abstract and representational...

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3D Cultural Revolution Posters

Of all the propaganda memorabilia inside Communist China, the most curious were the thousands of different colorful porcelain figurines.

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Smokin’!

Before mass-produced cigarettes were available starting in the 1880s, rolling papers were sold as packs of cut sheets in small booklets, and were beautifully designed.

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Real Alternative News Was Not Fake

Paul Krassner, one of the most acidic commentators and satirists of the 1960s, published "The Realist" as an alternative to mainstream news.

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Weird-Century Modern

This French ad for Le Laboratoire de Controle Physiologiue is what I would call Weird Mid-Century Modern.