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.

Massaging the Mass-Age

Chris Riley's new book, a collection of essays, attempts to examine how leaders in social, business and political worlds can best communicate after the Mass-Age. Here, Heller asks Riley to give us a little insight into his ideas.

Why Write a Letter?

Postcards and postcard folders were (and are still in some ways) the most wonderful souvenirs to send and behold. Have a look at sets and tabletop standees from the Curt Teich & Company producer of some of the most commonly used in mid-century America.

Good Vibrations

Steven Heller has always had a soft spot in his heart for Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar's vibrating typeface that was used for the Electric Circus poster.

Raise Your Banner High High High

Design is everywhere, and it is not always award-winning, typographically nuanced, sophisticated work. Most of us grew up with the kind of type that Schloss Mfg. Co. of Athens, Ohio, created for "Promoting School Spirit."

When Progress Propagates Like Yeast

In 1948, designer, typographer and illustrator Thomas Maitland Cleland gave a talk on the nature of "'Progress' in the Graphic Arts." Here, Heller reproduces the printed version as an example of design criticism before the age of design criticism.

NY Nico’s Got Talent

New York Nico is cited by the famous Astor Place Barber Shop as "the unoffical [sic] talent scout of New York City. A.K.A. Nicolas Heller, he's also Steven Heller's son.