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Laugh And The World Laughs With You

Michael Gerber, founder and publisher of The American Bystander, is committed to print. Whereas once the field was full of funny mags, now, trenchant humor has migrated to late-night television and the digital world as populated by laff-makers too. Has this hurt the following of Gerber's magazine? Let's see.

Tenacity, Drive and Passion: Margo Chase

Heller talks with Chris Lowery, CEO and chief strategist at Chase Design Group, about memorial exhibition "Margo Chase: Chasing the Bright Light," which explores Margo’s insatiable curiosity and love of design before her untimely passing in an aviation accident in July 2017.

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Beer Fan

Edelweiss Beer made good use of fans and stamps as advertising media with delightful illustrations that seemed to defy the traditional beverage conventions.

Be Careful What You Satirize

As the world is caught between right- and left-wing leaders, political satire is on the rise. But be careful about what you satirize, says Heller. 1984 may actually happen some day.

KKK Mart

The full color catalog below shows some of the Klan's income-producing merch as though it were a Sears mail order catalog. The Klan still sells its wares, but the price is higher, the profits are smaller and the hate is hotter.

Weekend Heller: Rome is Hot for Type

Join Louise Fili, Steven Heller and Lita Talarico for the SVA Masters Workshop Design Rome, a typography and design workshop. This is its tenth year in the Eternal City where type new and old, classic and modern reign supreme.

Digitizing Wood

Heller talks with Bill Moran, who with his brother Jim—the director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum—is a major force behind this amazing repository of past and present type, typography and printing.

Dummying the Medium is the Massage

Heller talks with Scott Boms, design lead and and studio manager of the Analog Research Lab at Facebook in Menlo Park, who is the caretaker of some Marshall McLuhan artifacts and the next generation of McLuhan thinking.