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.


Type in the Nazi State

As one sees in German type foundry adverts from design magazines after 1933, the graphics professions quickly conformed to the decrees of the Nazi party.



Typographische Monatsblätter, Schweizer Grafische Mitteilungen, Revue Suisse de L'Imprimerie—aka TM/RSI/SGM—was the epitome of discourse on Swiss typography.


Brooklyn In Your (Type)Face

Type designer Pablo Medina is giving Bushwick an eponymous typeface. Currently engaged in crowdfunding, his reasons dig deep into his own Latino culture.


The Allure of Philodendron

In its new exhibition, The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach traces the history of a stylish and ubiquitous house plant—the philodendron.


Mexico’s Two-Way Street

In the '30s, the Mexican Travel Board's job was to entice more travelers from the US, and it did so through stylized graphic design and typography.


Weekend Heller: Old Book, Fresh Ideas

Those of you reading may not know that 18 years ago, at the height of the design writing wave, Allworth Press and the AIGA published "Design Culture."