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.

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Fix Me a Double

Steven Heller cracks open Crosby Gaige's 1946 "Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion," with "drawings almost from life" by Rea Irvin.

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Weekend Heller: Charlie Hebdo

With the ongoing events of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Steven Heller gives a look at Cedomir Kostovic's Freedom of Speech poster.

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Warning and Mourning

Steven Heller looks back at FHK Henrion's international poster competition "Auschwitz Warns and Remembers."

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What’s Not to Love: 1957 Typography

Abstract, expressive and pun-based advertising typography from 1957 had such an unpretentious eloquence that it is easily the best example of type as art.

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The Keane Kwestion

Steven Heller tells the strange story of Margaret and Walter Keane — the subjects of Tim Burton's new film, "Big Eyes."

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Benchley’s Witsdom

Robert Benchley was known in the late '30s for his wit and wisdom. His movie shorts for MGM are classic bits of how-to brevity and erudition.