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 week! (Note that The Daily Heller is no longer sent out as a daily email, but will be announced on a weekly basis every Friday.)

Universal Pictorial Picks

Fifty one years ago, ten years before the Department of Transportation symbol signs (dubbed Helvetica Man by the designers Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller) commissioned the AIGA (and they asked Cook and Shanosky Associates Inc.) to design the initial 34 symbols to help manage the crush of pedestrian and passenger visitors for the...

Expression Glyph

Alex Jordan is a graphic designer, photographer and professor and in 1976 he joined as a member of the famed Grapus design collective in Paris with Pierre Bernard, Gérard Paris-Clavel, Jean-Paul Bachollet. As he says “I took part of the Grapus adventure in the last century.” Until October 3 his and other members’ work...

Louis Silverstein @ The Times

There is no way to describe my first (and only) job interview at The New York Times. But I’ll try. It was the proverbial dream — a wish come true — a sensation equaled only to getting married, watching our child being born and holding the first copy of my first authored book. My...

TDC’s 1957 Stellar Lineup

Ask any designer (well, any designer that I have spoken to) and they agree that the TDC annuals are the best. They are also among the precious few still publishing printed books. But when TDC started giving out awards for Typographic Design Excellence in 1954 the documentation was a pamphlet. According to TDC Carol...

Jennifer Morla’s Life In Design

Jennifer Morla’s design is a joyful combination of raw improvisation and energetic discipline. For four decades she has embodied the California sense of chaotic frenzy and personal iconoclasm. It is hard to believe that Morla, who has been honored so many times, has not yet had a monograph. Well, thanks to Letterform Archive’s publication...

Hermann Zapf Bio TK

In the next couple of months Jerry Kelly will be announcing his biography of Hermann Zapf. Kelly is the foremost authority on Zapf and has been working on this for a few years. Although the book will not be printed until next year, it will be announced on Kickstarter this Fall. Well, I can’t...

Weekend Heller: My First and Last Typeface Design

I recently recovered this from the junk heap. It is a yellowing photostat of my first and only typeface design (1969-70). Total folly! At the time I was smitten by art moderne lettering. I called it “Klaus Boobala Bold” because I liked the K and B. I’ve lost the letters S through Z, which...

No Limit On Sketches For The Limited

Paul Rand said he would only show the client one logo idea. Although he always had a few up his sleeve. In fact, he admitted that he often did sketches whether he got the job or not. In 1988 he worked on a word mark for The Limited and logo for TLC Group, a...

The House That Rand Built

Paul and Marion Rand’s quintessential mid-century modern home, designed by Paul Rand and Ann Binkley Rand and built in 1953, is on the market. The landmark home, set in the wooded Connecticut town of Weston, is the epitome of modern aesthetics with a touch of Japanese simplicity, exactly the kind of structure you’d picture...

Typography By Paul Rand

If you live to be 82 as Paul Rand did, you’ll probably have produced a lot of work that gets lost in the shuffle of life. This 1948 issue of the AIGA Journal is one such lost piece that recently surfaced among Rand’s long filed artifacts. Rand was the typographer for the cover and...