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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American Sikh

Steven Heller interviews Vishavjit Singh about the path that led him to create Sikhtoons.com—and about his identity as a Sikh in the post-9/11 U.S.

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Vapor Salve and Thermal Wool

The art of graphic salesmanship has evolved smartly in just 100 years. But look at these 1930s point of purchase displays for some rather bizarre personal care products.

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Weekend Heller: Star Light, Star Bright

Hear from Nancy Rouemy, Principal of We Live Type Ltd who worked with celebrity photographer Jeff Vespa to create the new book The Art of Discovery. The book’s photos are stunning and the format is handsome, especially its typographic scheme.

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Man or Maestro

Maëstro was a cigar. The Maëstro-man was a proto-Marlborough-like character who strode above the logo in die-cut points of purchase like this one.

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Haiku Video

Each Valentine’s Day the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy held a “bitter haiku” contest. This led to the creation of the hykoo video app. Read more from co-creator Assaf Dagan.

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The Chilling Effects of the Cold War

If you were a child living in the United States during the mid- to late 1950s, mass media made it difficult, if not impossible, to avoid the paralyzing insecurity brought on by the Cold War. Explore the era through Time magazine covers.

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The Lion of Typesetting: Linotype

Frank Romano’s History of the Linotype Company (RIT Press) is as exhaustive as setting Linotype was exhausting in the hot metal days. But it is also a splendid chronicle of this lion of the typesetting field.

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Campbell’s Before Warhol

There’s a lot to love about old magazine advertisements. They were not about the “creative” experience. The humor, if it existed, was soft. The illustrations were wysiwyg. But they were the first signs of graphic design (or layout) that suggested …

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Weekend Heller: Thinking Designers @ DesignThinkers

Toronto will be flooded with 2,000 creative professionals from across Canada and around the world will be attending the 15th annual DesignThinkers Conference on November 6 and 7, hosted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD). Learn more.

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Henrik Drescher’s Migratory Books

Explore Henrik Drescher’s newest book, China Days: A Visual Journal From China’s Wild West (Chronicle Books), which chronicles his almost two decades of discovery living with this wife, Wu Wing Yee in China.