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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Friends Before Facebook

These children's books—published on the eve of American involvement in World War II—reveal the mindset of the times on the cultural, social and demographic make-up of the U.S.

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How Abstract Art Made Us Clean

Booklets issued by decency groups in the 1950s did their best to contain salacious content, and one of the graphic design methods was abstract illustration.

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This Could Be Us

In Nazi Germany, the Aryan certificate (Ariernachweis) was a document certifying that a person was a member of the Aryan race (or not).

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The New Order vs. the New Colossus

In this poster, Ross MacDonald vividly portrays how humanity should respond to the immigration ban as he pays homage to Emma Lazarus' immortal words.

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Sutnar Sings the Body Geometric

Ladislav Sutnar created a series called the Venus paintings, which although they echo Pop Art of the '60s, were exercises in geometric construction.

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The Real Truth About Babies, Voila!

From the Lester Beall–esque cover to the simple vector-like illustrations, this 1953 brochure issued by New York State is a pretty modern look at sex ed.

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Aesthetics Personified

Steven Heller talks with Eric Holzenberg about his new exhibition “For Art’s Sake: The Aesthetic Movement in Print & Beyond” at the Grolier Club of New York.