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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The Day After Christmas Eve

A man calling himself Nick Claus was apprehended by police after witnesses called 911 shortly after midnight. Mugshot by Brad Holland.

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Designers Curate City Guides

Heller talks with Deroy Peraza, principal at Brooklyn-based design studio Hyperakt, which designed and created an interactive alternative to city guides.

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The Overlord’s Gift of Utopia

Ross MacDonald illustrated this faux 1950's Children's Guide to Utopia for the series finale of the Syfy Channel adaptation of Childhood's End.

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Faces Tell Stories

"Faces of Courage" is a powerful view of ordinary people in extraordinarily difficult circumstances, photographed by veteran photojournalist Mark Tuschman.

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Menage a Homage Deux

Lithuanian-born, Polish-based Stasys Eidrigevicius is known for his surreal posters and illustration—as well as fantastical masks, stage sets and paintings.

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Fresh Force: A Postmodern Classic

When the Duffy Design Group published the Fresh Force Guide Book in 1986, the design community was introduced to the Midwestern Postmodern style.

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Hygiene and Handwriting

During the late 19th century, when typewriters were just emerging, precise, formulaic penmanship and letter-making was an essential business tool.

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Who’s Your Daddy

Were classic French and American icons the source of the cliched socialist realism so popular during the Soviet era?