Daily Heller

Daily design news and insight from Steven Heller. Sign up here for the Daily Heller—which WIRED recently described as “your CliffsNotes to the history of graphic design”—to be delivered to your inbox each day!

Humor on the Right

In 1950, "Il Borghese" was established by the editor, designer and humorist Leopoldo Longanesi.

Fascism’s Colorful Disease

These stamps have a spirited quality that belies the fact that the Italian Fascist government would just as soon stamp out resistance as tuberculosis.

Weekend Heller: Bolts and Books

There are not many copies of the newly printed facsimile edition of Fortunato Depero's "Bolted Book" left for sale. But "act now" and you may be lucky.

Rabid Roaming Roman Rabbits

While in Rome I purchased a "lapinopedia" illustrated by the mysterious paintings and hieroglyphs of Luigi Serafini, titled Il coniglio d'oro.

The Romance of Italian Smoke

Italian cigarette packaging has long had tremendous allure, and the advertising is not just smoke and mirrors.

Ink Tank Fills an Archive

Steven Heller talks with Douglas Dowd about R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive, coming to the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

Design for the Fun of It

Recently, Art Chantry reminded me of the delightful printing, paper FX and typographic concoctions of Mo Lebowitz.

François’ Croc Makes a Comeback

"Crocodile Tears" by the late, great French satirist and cartoonist André François from Enchanted Lion Books is a rarity that is being rereleased.